Identifying Operational Impacts Resulting from the Consolidation of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue and the Bremerton Fire Department [open pdf - 204KB]
"A six month study is currently being conducted to explore the feasibility of consolidating South Kitsap Fire and Rescue (SKFR) and the Bremerton Fire Department (BFD) into a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) over the next year. The main issues being addressed in this study are governance, funding, efficiencies and the processes for legally joining agencies. The problem is that the potential new agency has not identified the operational issues that need to be addressed to implement an effective consolidation. The purpose of the research has been to identify operational strategies or issues that should be addressed in the first six months of the consolidation. A descriptive research methodology was utilized to answer the following questions: What operational implementation problems have other agencies identified when consolidating organizations of comparable departments? What are the emergency response considerations of a consolidation within SKFR and the BFD? What are the administrative concerns regarding operational impacts of consolidation within SKFR and the BFD? What are the personnel concerns regarding operational impacts of consolidation?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/