U.S. Fire Administration Library Citation(s)

 

Embracing regionalization for a sustainable fire service [in "FIRE FIGHTING IN CANADA"]

Author(s):Beckett, Tim.
Description: In "FIRE FIGHTING IN CANADA". v. 55 (3) p. 16
Publication Data: May 2011
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 726654357
Type of Item: (JOURNAL) JOURNAL

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www.firefightingincanada.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8473&Itemid=210
Subjects:1. CHANGE 2. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION 3. FIRE SERVICE 4. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Series Data:Straight talk
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Call Number:

45269

Consolidated federal leadership for emergency medical services: an essential step to improve national preparedness, a perspective from EMS on the front line

Author(s):International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs; Emergency Medical Service Labor Alliance.
Description: 23 p.
Publication Data:Washington, DC : The Association. February 14, 2011
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 710429783/ Accession No.: 136855
Type of Item: (REPORT) REPORT

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www.iaemsc.org/pdfs/Consolidated%20Federal%20Leadership%20for%20EMS%2002-14-2011.pdf (181.5kb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. LEADERSHIP 3. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS 4. HOMELAND SECURITY 5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
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Call Number:

44943

Effect of countywide fire department consolidation on Dunedin's firefighters

Author(s):Barrs, William L. ; Dunedin. Fire Department.
Description: 36 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. September 2010
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 136167/ OCLC Record No.: 720890446
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo44943.pdf (176.8 kb)
Subjects:1. CONSOLIDATION 2. FIRE DEPARTMENTS 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. BENEFITS 5. STAKEHOLDER THEORY
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The Pinellas County Fire Authority considered consolidating its eighteen municipal fire departments into one metro fire and EMS department. The problem was that the effects of organizational changes to firefighter compensation and benefits were an unknown factor for the Dunedin Fire Department. Pension, salary and retirement benefits were thought to be key factors in determining the willingness of the department's members to embrace such a change. The purpose of the research was to examine methods of creating positive change processes and relate them to the proposed consolidation and its effect on the Dunedin Fire Department. The barriers that have been overcome during consolidations in other jurisdictions were also evaluated and compared with management theory. Evaluative research was conducted to compare Pinellas County's situation with consolidations in three similarly situated fire departments, and focused on how the various stakeholders addressed changes in their employee's working conditions. Information was gathered from personal interviews, questionnaires and internet searches to determine the possible organizational structure and employee benefit plans available in a consolidated Pinellas County Fire Department. This information was compared to the current situation at the Dunedin Fire Department and the seventeen other departments involved in this consolidation. The results of three other fire department consolidations were examined for impact on the organizational culture after changes were made to the firefighter's working conditions. It was determined that good communication, effective change management, and the ability of stakeholders to observe different perspectives were key factors in the outcome of a proposed consolidation. This research was undertaken with the intent that it be replicated by other departments involved in consolidations as a method to prepare the various stakeholders for the process of implementing changes to their current working conditions.
Notes:Dunedin, FL; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Where's the medic? Merging fire and EMS is often touted as providing a community with the efficiencies of one-stop shopping [in "FIRE ENGINEERING"]

Author(s):Johnson, Kevin.
Description: In "FIRE ENGINEERING". v. 163 (10) p. 34+
Publication Data: October 2010
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 681448418
Type of Item: (JOURNAL) JOURNAL
Subjects:1. CONSOLIDATION 2. FIRE DEPARTMENTS 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. HISTORY 5. RESIDENTIAL FIRES 6. RESCUE OPERATIONS 7. INCIDENT COMMANDERS 8. CROSS TRAINING
Series Data:Fire EMS
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Call Number:

44002

Identifying and addressing obstacles to successful transition in Kansas City, Missouri

Author(s):Mauer, Mitchell G. ; Kansas City. Fire Department.
Description: 51 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. October 2009
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 134051/ OCLC Record No.: 667158923
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo44002.pdf (147.8 kb)
Subjects:1. AMBULANCE SERVICE 2. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 3. CONSOLIDATION 4. FIRE SERVICE 5. STRATEGIC PLANNING 6. INFORMATION 7. COMMUNICATIONS
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • Kansas City has determined that it is now prudent to shift from a Public Utility Model to a fire based EMS delivered model for ambulance service. The problem is that such consolidations of ambulance transport into metropolitan fire departments have become more frequent and are know, at least anecdotally, to present a range of challenges. The purpose of this research is to identify organizational problems associated with emergency medical service (EMS), ambulance, and fire department consolidations in order to systematically plan for the transitions. The descriptive method of research was used in this project and the research was focused on answering the following questions; what similarly situated fire departments have assumed responsibility for ambulance transport in the past decade, what models of ambulance delivery were subsumed in these consolidations, what do fire department that have managed such consolidations identify as the major organizational obstacles to successful transition, and what strategies have fire departments employed to address such obstacles and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each strategy? Through electronic searches, information in management books and from a feedback instrument, the results given by the responding municipalities show that, although no single type of ambulance service subsumed was more prevalent than another, each had the similar obstacles of culture, by in from those affected, politics, logistics, and others. The strategies revealed for overcoming these obstacles were then placed in the recommendations to include the formation of a transition team, the creation of a strategic plan, and an open flow of information.
Notes:Kansas City, MO; Executive Leadership; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

42956

Feasibility study for rapid transition to a fire based EMS system for the city of Alice, Texas

Author(s):Van Nest, Dean W. ; Alice. Fire Department.
Description: 89 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. January 2009
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 131340/ OCLC Record No.: 666118011
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo42956.pdf (271.3 kb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. CONSOLIDATION 4. MODELS 5. LEGISLATION 6. REGULATIONS 7. DATA 8. COST EFFECTIVENESS
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The City of Alice Fire Department is in need of developing a contingency plan for fire-based Emergency Medical Services (EMS) due to a possible ending of services by the contractor. The purpose of the research was to determine the timeline and resources needed to develop fire based EMS. Evaluative methodology was employed for this study. There were four questions the researcher needed answered for this research project: (a) what are the National recognized models available in providing Emergency Medical Services? (b) What are the state laws, rules, regulations that governing EMS service in the State of Texas? (c) How many calls for service is the current contract EMS provider fulfilling? In addition, (d) what will the required resources in employees and equipment cost the City of Alice to start the program? The researcher employed both personal interviews and email questionnaires to collect the information needed for this project. Literature for this project was difficult to locate since most departments in the country had already transitioned to fire based EMS services and were focused primarily on customer service and maintaining the required in-service training. The results of this research showed that the City of Alice Fire Department would not be able to assume EMS responsibilities with a short time line for acquisition. The city would need between twelve and eighteen months in order to be prepared to provide fire based EMS services. The city would need to hire twenty-nine additional personnel in order to provide this service. Based on this study, it was recommended that the city form a committee to determine how the EMS system is to be implemented. In addition, the city would have to establish a fund to be used to offset the initial cost of starting an EMS system from scratch.
Notes:Alice, TX; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Merged fire and EMS: running separate agencies was costly and ineffective; the savings and improved service more than offset the growing pains [in "FIRE CHIEF"]

Author(s):Foster, David.
Description: In "FIRE CHIEF". v. 52 (8) p. 42+
Publication Data: August 2008
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 550027828
Type of Item: (JOURNAL) JOURNAL
Subjects:1. DEKALB COUNTY, GA 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. CONSOLIDATION 5. COST EFFECTIVENESS
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Call Number:

40411

Utilizing fire and EMS resources more efficiently in the town of Ledyard

Author(s):Mrazik, Alexander R. ; Ledyard. Fire Company, District No. 1, Inc.
Description: 45 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. March 2007
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 125327/ OCLC Record No.: 475154421
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo40411.pdf (111.1 kb)
Subjects:1. FIRE SERVICE 2. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 3. CONSOLIDATION
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The Fire and Emergency Medical services (EMS) system in the Town of Ledyard, Connecticut is comprised of two combination (volunteer and paid) fire departments and one combination ambulance service. Each of these departments has a separate operational philosophy, policies, and financial reporting chain, among other unique characteristics. The problem was that the separation of the fire service and emergency medical service in the Town of Ledyard has resulted in an inefficient use of equipment and personnel along with a high rate of delayed or missed EMS calls for service. The purpose of this research was to identify and implement methods that fire and emergency medical services can work together to provide a more efficient use of resources and meet the demands of EMS calls for service. The action research method was utilized and the following research questions were developed: 1. What are the benefits to the Town of Ledyard for the more efficient use of Fire and EMS resources? 2. In what ways can the Fire and EMS services work together to achieve better efficiency and use of resources? 3. What have other area towns in Eastern Connecticut done to streamline Fire and EMS services? 4. What are the potential problems with Fire and EMS services working together in the Town of Ledyard? Procedures for the research project included a review of current relevant literature, a survey of Eastern Connecticut Fire and EMS service leadership, personal interviews with Town of Ledyard Fire and EMS service leaders, and collection and analysis of local Fire and EMS response data. Results indicated that there are substantial benefits to combining the use of Fire and EMS resources that provide an increase level of service delivery and efficiency. It was recommended that agency leaders, agency membership, town leaders, and mutual aid partners all work together and form a comprehensive implementation plan.
Notes:Ledyard, CT; Executive Leadership; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

39912

Functional consolidation: improving the delivery of fire and emergency services in South Central Pennsylvania

Author(s):Nichols, David W. ; West Manchester Township. Fire & Emergency Services.
Description: 32 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. November 2006
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 123919/ OCLC Record No.: 475885023
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo39912.pdf (107.2 kb)
Subjects:1. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The problem was that South Central Pennsylvania is served by an excessive number of fire and emergency service agencies, therefore creating an over abundance of equipment and facilities. The purpose of this applied research project was to identify and quantify the potential benefits of functional consolidation between emergency services agencies without contemplating a formal merger. Selected questions were used to frame the research and to set investigative parameters. Descriptive research methodology was utilized to analyze this problem. Procedures utilized in this applied research project included a review of available literature sources. To supplement the literature review, a survey instrument was utilized to help determine whether or not individual volunteer fire companies would be receptive to functional consolidation and what benefits might be realized. The literature review provided information on functional consolidation as well as what resources may be best suited for this purpose. It was discovered that the majority of fire departments participate in mutual aid, but most do not participate in true functional consolidation. Although there are no standards to frame functional consolidation, several models exist that can guide the process. The survey indicated that many agencies believe functional consolidation would benefit their organization. Results from both the research and survey indicated that functional consolidation may enhance the response capability of participating agencies while reducing capital outlay and expanding the human resource pool - both of which are scarce. Recommendations were made to evaluate the feasibility and potential benefits of sharing resources through functional consolidation.
Notes:York, PA; Executive Leadership; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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39803

The amalgamation of two cultures: a study of the fire & EMS cultures within the FDNY

Author(s):Nahmod, Abdo ; New York City. Fire Department.
Description: 34p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. September 2006
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 123512/ OCLC Record No.: 475896600
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo39803.pdf (172 kb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. CONSOLIDATION 4. CULTURE 5. ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The problem is that the FDNY is planning to increase the number of integrated facilities of Fire and EMS personnel, but is unaware of why success is perceived in only one out of the two existing stations. The purpose of the research is to assess the various aspects of the similarities and differences of the Fire and EMS groups' cultures in the identified facilities. The evaluative research method will be utilized in this Applied Research Project. This research approach includes the application of surveys, questionnaires, personal observations, interviews and literature review to address the questions regarding the effects of organizational culture on two groups working and residing in the same location. Results indicated that the selection of personnel, leadership styles and incentives to perform have proven to be key elements in the quality of the workplace within the FDNY. I recommend that integrated facilities be expanded throughout the Department in a manageable size as part of a variety of strategically planned locations to serve the communities of New York City.
Notes:New York, NY; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Louisville slugger: one city's miraculous EMS transformation [in "JEMS"]

Author(s):Garza, Marion A.
Description: In "JEMS". v. 31 (8) p. 56-61
Publication Data: August 2006
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 666770350
Type of Item: (JOURNAL) JOURNAL

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download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0197-2510/PIIS0197251006704752.pdf (1mb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION 3. LOUISVILLE, KY
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What's-up docs: meeting the challenges of medical direction for major metropolitan EMS systems [in "EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES"]

Author(s):Erich, John.
Description: In "EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES". v. 35 (6) p. 33-34+
Publication Data: June 2006
Identifier/s:OCLC Record No.: 667186466
Type of Item: (JOURNAL) JOURNAL

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www.emsresponder.com/print/EMS-Magazine/Whats-Up-Docs/1$3537 (43kb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. MEDICAL DIRECTORS 3. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION 4. DATA ANALYSIS
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38803

The consolidation of fire-rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) departments into a single emergency services department for Lockhart, Texas

Author(s):Doyle, Jerry L. ; Lockhart. Fire Rescue.
Description: 47 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. February 2006
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 121006/ OCLC Record No.: 475884960
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo38803.pdf (237.7 kb)
Subjects:1. CONSOLIDATION 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. QUALITY
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • Every few years as economic and political climates change, cities are forced to consider alternative ways of providing essential services. The problem exists that current EMS personnel are not as fully cross-trained as Fire-Rescue personnel. The purpose of this research was to determine if consolidation of Fire-Rescue/EMS would improve service delivery by creation of a single emergency services department. Descriptive research methodology was used to evaluate these research questions: 1. What criteria should be utilized when studying consolidations of Fire-Rescue/EMS? 2. What benefits have been obtained through consolidation efforts undertaken by other jurisdictions? 3. What potential service outcomes are expected from consolidation of Fire-Rescue/EMS? 4. What, if any, political ramifications could be expected if Fire-Rescue/EMS were consolidated now? 5. What financial savings could the City expect from consolidations of Fire-Rescue/EMS? Research procedures included literature review, collection of data, personal interviews, and a survey. The results of the research revealed there would be financial benefit through consolidation and service delivery could be improved. However, the overall view of most municipal and elected officials was moderately apathetic towards consolidation. The results showed that the decision as to what type of consolidation is best for a community lies with the community's risk levels. It indicated that adequate time to facilitate a smooth transition before implementation should be provided. Potential service outcomes expected would to be a decrease in response times and additional personnel available sooner at the scene of an emergency. Political ramifications would be concerns over decreased service quality and if there were to be potential savings expected in operational costs. Recommendations included; (a) The City of Lockhart should conduct an in-depth analysis of Fire-Rescue/EMS through a public opinion survey to determine the level of service desired in relation to community risk, (b) conduct a detailed financial analysis of both departments to determine the most advantageous form of consolidation. (c) A subcommittee of stakeholders should determine what criteria must be evaluated to provide the best level of service.
Notes:Lockhart, TX; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

38804

Annexing the city of Town and Country, Missouri, into the West County EMS and Fire Protection District

Author(s):Frazier, Dave ; West County. EMS and Fire Protection District.
Description: 48 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. February 2006
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 121007/ OCLC Record No.: 475880642
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo38804.pdf (313.7 kb)
Subjects:1. CONSOLIDATION 2. POPULATION 3. NEEDS ASSESSMENT 4. RESPONSE TIMES 5. APPROPRIATIONS
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The West County EMS and Fire Protection District was tasked to determine the feasibility of annexing the City of Town and Country into the fire district and to evaluate if service delivery could be improved. Evaluative research determined what laws applied, the equipment needs, political concerns, operational and financial impacts. The procedures included reviewing prior mergers, national standards, state and local issues on annexation and district statistics. The results indicated that if the city was annexed, improvements to service delivery would be feasible. Based on the results that response times would decrease and equipment resources increase in the city, this researcher recommends proceeding with the annexation initiative.
Notes:St. Louis County, MO; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

37908

Investigating part-time firefighter staffing issues with Miami Valley (Ohio) Fire/EMS Alliance member fire departments

Author(s):Caudill, Michael D. ; Miami Valley. Fire/EMS Alliance.
Description: 64 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. March 2005
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 118253/ OCLC Record No.: 476433594
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.dhs.gov/pdf/efop/efo37908.pdf (495.8 kb)
Subjects:1. FIREFIGHTERS 2. MANNING 3. INCENTIVES 4. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance (Alliance) is a consortium of twenty-one fire departments in the greater Dayton area of southwest Ohio. The problem was that some of the Alliance member fire departments ran shorthanded because they could not fill all of their scheduled part-time firefighter staffing positions on a consistent basis, leading to reduced apparatus in service and/or reduced staffing on apparatus. The purpose of this research project was to investigate, quantify and define the part-time firefighter staffing problem, and to identify and assess regional programs that could help alleviate the problem defined above. This was addressed using a descriptive research methodology to answer the following research questions: 1. How many Alliance member fire departments run short-handed because they cannot fill all of their scheduled part-time firefighter staffing positions, and how frequently does this problem occur? 2. What are the components of the region's part-time firefighter programs that could have an influence on staffing shortages, from the fire departments' viewpoint and the part-time firefighters' viewpoint? 3. What current and potential Alliance programs could help alleviate this staffing shortage? Two surveys were used in this research process. One polled Alliance fire chiefs and the other polled part-time firefighters. Approximately 50% of the Alliance fire departments that use part-time firefighters had problems filling part-time shifts, causing apparatus to go out of service or to run short handed. In general, benefits packages were not found to be a significant factor in determining which departments the part-time firefighters chose to work for. Pay rates and training opportunities were also less important among the part-time firefighters polled than friendships, workload, scheduling flexibility and regular work hours, and the opportunity to get a full-time firefighter position. The results demonstrated that the Alliance should not serve as a part-time firefighter hiring agency for the region due to inadequate workforce availability. Rather, the Alliance should partner with a local college or university to initiate a broad, regional strategic planning process that stresses regional cooperation and functional consolidation to determine specific staffing requirements. It should then develop a regional strategy to meet these needs using traditional and nontraditional recruiting and retention methods.
Notes:Dayton, OH; Executive Leadership; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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37301

Fire and EMS for the southern suburbs of Milwaukee County: independence or consolidation

Author(s):Rice, William Q. ; Wauwatosa. Fire Department.
Description: 52 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. August 2004
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 116238/ OCLC Record No.: 476464546
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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Subjects:1. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION 2. FIRE DEPARTMENTS 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. DECISION MAKING
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • This paper was written to address the problem of duplication of Fire/EMS services in suburban Milwaukee County that could be avoided by consolidation of fire departments. The purpose of this research is to assess the viability of consolidating Fire/EMS Services in Milwaukee County. The research was conducted using descriptive research based on analyzing data collection, personal interviews, survey and literature review to answer the following questions: 1. Where does duplication of Fire/EMS services exist in Milwaukee County suburban departments? 2. What criteria should be used when studying a consolidation of Fire/EMS services? 3. What benefits have other jurisdictions obtained by consolidation? 4. What outcomes can be expected from a consolidation of Fire/EMS Departments in suburban Milwaukee County? Data analysis involved searching for information on fire department consolidations. Interviews were held with key fire department personnel and community leaders. Surveys were conducted to gain the perspective of Fire Chiefs and other key Fire Department Officers. The results found that duplication of fire services does exist within the southern suburbs of Milwaukee County. Additionally, many benefits would be expected from a consolidation. Political resistance was seen as a realistic and probable outcome of a consolidation effort. The study recommended that the Wauwatosa Fire Department lead a consortium of southern suburbs of Milwaukee County in investigating a feasibility study of consolidation of Fire/EMS services.
Notes:Wauwatosa, WI; Executive Leadership; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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35318

Feasibility and efficiency analysis of a consolidated fire and emergency medical system for Rock County, Wisconsin

Author(s):Jensen, James P. ; Janesville. Fire Department.
Description: 68 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. January 2003
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 110321/ OCLC Record No.: 476911005
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. FIRE SERVICE 3. JANESVILLE, WI 4. NEEDS ASSESSMENT 5. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • Consolidations in public safety have often been utilized as a means of improving efficiency. Due to depressed economic conditions in Wisconsin, the problem confronting the City of Janesville Fire Department was a significant loss of operating revenue. The purpose of this research project was to identify and analyze the fiscal, operational, and political advantages and disadvantages of a consolidated fire and emergency medical system for Rock County. Descriptive research metholology was used to address the following questions: 1. How do available case studies and other documentation on consolidations relate to a possible consolidation of fire and EMS service in Rock County? 2. Would a consolidation of fire and EMS service in Rock County result in overall financial savings to the county? 3. Would a consolidation of fire and EMS service in Rock County benefit service delivery or allow for other significant operational advantages? 4. What political ramifications can be predicted in a consolidation attempt, and does it appear that consolidation would be politically feasible in Rock County at this time? Research procedures included a literature review, a survey of elected and municipal officials within Rock County, and personal correspondence with others involved in consolidation efforts. The research revealed several consolidation case studies characteristic of Rock County, and showed that a consolidation in Rock County would benefit service delivery and have operational advantages. This research did not show that a consolidated fire and EMS system in Rock County would result in overall financial savings or that a complete operational consolidation would be politically feasible. It was recommended that (a) Rock County conduct a comprehensive analysis to determine what levels of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services are desired, (b) a detailed financial analysis be completed to determine if an operational consolidation would be advantageous, (c) potential incentives for consolidation provided by the State of Wisconsin be investigated, and (d) the Janesville Fire Department, collectively with all Rock County fire and EMS departments continue to pursue and expand cooperative agreements for functional consolidation.
Notes:Janesville, WI; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

31661

Consolidation of fire protection services in central Penobscot County

Author(s):Ellis, James L. ; Holden. Fire/Rescue Department.
Description: 44 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. August 2000
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 101953/ OCLC Record No.: 482201290
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo31661.pdf (307.2kb)
Subjects:1. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 2. FIRE PROTECTION 3. FIRE SERVICE 4. PENOBSCOT COUNTY, ME 5. REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The problem was identified that many small communities in central Penobscot County Maine are having difficulty providing the level of fire and emergency medical services demanded by the public. The purpose of this applied research project was to explore if consolidation of fire protection agencies could improve the delivery and efficiency of fire and emergency medical services in central Penobscot County. The descriptive research methodology was used to answer the following questions: Question 1. What are the benefits of consolidating fire protection agencies? Question 2. How have other governmental agencies consolidated fire protection services? Question 3. Are local municipal officials in central Penobscot County receptive to the consolidation of fire protection services? The procedures in this research included selecting the communities and their respective fire departments to be studied, which were the fourteen cities and towns in central Penobscot County. A literature review of fire department consolidations, mergers and regionalization efforts was conducted to examine the benefits, limitations and challenges facing fire protection agency consolidation. A survey was conducted of local municipal officials, including town managers and local fire chiefs from the fourteen communities to determine whether they are receptive to consolidation and what concerns they would have with consolidation of fire protection services. The results of this research determined that there are many benefits to be derived from consolidation of fire protection services between the fourteen communities in central Penobscot County. Benefits would include a more efficient allocation of personnel, increased service levels, standardized training of fire and EMS personnel, improved dispatching and communication, improved ISO rating, better fire prevention and public education programs and more career opportunities. Communities may benefit from increased service levels for the same dollars spent or even realize cost savings by sharing administrative functions, training facilities, participating in a fleet maintenance program, eliminating the cost of some apparatus replacement and reducing other expenses through volume purchasing. Even with the potential benefits there are significant challenges with any consolidation effort. The fear of losing local control coupled with the fear of higher, uncontrollable operating costs are serious concerns. These concerns, as well as others, must be properly addressed if partial or complete consolidation between fire protection and emergency medical services is to be successful. Recommendations include increasing functional consolidation between the fire protection agencies in central Penobscot County. Functional consolidation includes automatic mutual aid response and combined training activities. While there is strong resistance to complete consolidation among local municipal leaders, at this time there is support for functional consolidation. If functional consoldiation takes place, the public will immediately benefit from faster response times and a more efficient allocation of personnel and equipment, thus the foundation will be cast for a greater consolidation effort.
Notes:Holden, ME; Strategic Management of Change; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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23761

Feasibility study for consolidating fire and EMS dispatch Guilford County, NC

Author(s):Perdue, Alan W. ; Guilford County. Emergency Services.
Description: 20 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. August 2000
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 100390/ OCLC Record No.: 477406674
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo23761.pdf (667.8kb)
Subjects:1. CONSOLIDATION 2. DISPATCHING 3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 4. FIRE SERVICE
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • Dispatching of fire and emergency medical service is the foundation in the emergency response procedure. Emergency service operations revolve around the communications center and its ability to properly receive and transmit information. Tracking of information, request and apparatus is the responsibility of the communications center to effectively provide for the demands of the public and emergency responders. A 9-1-1 operator is the public's first contact with emergency assistance and can provide information and directions that will save lives. Dispatching for fire service agencies in Guilford County is provided for by three separate communications centers. The problem was each agency experienced delays and had concerns with the timeliness of call processing and dispatching of emergency responders. The purpose of the research was to determine the feasibility of consolidating fire and EMS dispatch centers. Evaluative research was used to review past history and actions of other agencies facing related situations. In conducting the research, the following questions were answered: Is the consolidation of fire and EMS dispatch for Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point feasible? What benefits would be derived from a consolidated fire dispatch center? What effect would consolidation have on call processing and dispatch times? In addition to a literature review of information from the Learning Resource Center at the National Emergency Training Center, an evlauation of current dispatch procedures and computer aided dispatch reports from each of the three communications centers was conducted. Also, funding avenues, equipment needs, personnel issues, and training standards from the various agencies were evaluated in order to gain a perspective of potential outcomes of consolidation. Finally, this applied research project recommends that Guilford County Emergency Services, Greensoro Fire Department and High Point Fire Department follow appropriate guiding principles and pursue the consolidation of fire and EMS dispatch services to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of public safety and service to the public.
Notes:Greensboro, NC; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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Call Number:

28518

Examination of the integrity of the organizational structure of Windsor Township Fire Department/Ambulance Service

Author(s):Cribley, Charles E. ; Windsor Township. Fire Department/Ambulance Service.
Description: 26 p.
Publication Data:Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy. July 1998
Identifier/s:Accession No.: 91738/ OCLC Record No.: 483163055
Type of Item: (EFO PAPER) EFO PAPER

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Subjects:1. AMBULANCE SERVICE 2. CONSOLIDATION 3. FIRE DEPARTMENTS 4. ORGANIZATIONS
Series Data:Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project
Summary/abstract:
  • The Windsor Township Fire Department and Windsor Township Ambulance Service are two separate departments with common full-time and part-time personnel, raising the issue of whether the organization is properly structured. The problem was that poor communication, conflict, and organizational instability existed. The purpose of the research was to review the current organizational structure to determine whether it was appropriate considering current literature on the subject, and, if it was not, to determine a course of action to improve it. The descriptive research method was used. Questions to be answered were: 1. Is the current organizational structure sound? 2. Should the two current departments be joined together into a single entity? 3. If the two are joined, should the ambulance function be assimilated into the fire department, or should a new agency be formed to incorporate the two? 4. If a new agency is created, how should it be structured? Procedures involved an analysis of the current organizational structure. Literature on organizational concepts, chain of command, communications within organizations, organizational change and development, and conflict resolution was reviewed and applied to the current organizational structure. Research results showed that the current organizational structure was unsound, that the two departments should be joined into a single entity, and that this single entity should be an entirely new entity, rather than having one of the existing departments absorb the other. It was recommended that one department be created, with full-time personnel answering the single top position. There should be two operating divisions, fire-rescue and medical, each headed by an assistant chief. Paid-on-call personnel should continue to have a choice of serving one or the other, or both.
Notes:Dimondale, MI; Executive Development; Abstracts for EFO papers are written by the author
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