"When the city manager of Eugene, Oregon decided to divide the Department of Public Safety into separate Police and Fire Departments, a planning process was set in motion to accomplish this change. The purpose of this study was to examine that process. An evaluative research methodology was used to determine the planning process that was used, to ascertain the effectiveness of the process, and to determine types of evaluation to be used in determining the success of the deconsolidation. The members of the deconsolidation planning team were surveyed to collect their thoughts, suggestions and other comments and ideas regarding the process. The following recommendations were made regarding planning for deconsolidation: (1) The participants on the planning team should come from positions of decision-making authority within the areas they represent; (2) The team should be composed primarily of those who will have to live with the outcome; (3) The team needs to have clearly stated goals and objectives; (4) The city manager and/or council should think through the goals, objectives, constraints and expectations before giving the assignment; (5) A system of evaluation should be designed; and (6) The newly formed departments should consider strategic planning to set their new direction."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/