1/18/2013 9:18:00 AM Fire departments to discuss shared services
Chief Nazih Hazime of the Verde Valley Fire District hopes to assemble all district and municipal departments at Mingus Union High School in two weeks to discuss shared service initiatives. He says it is a concern of all fire companies to save tax money while continuing to provide efficient emergency services.
"Local jurisdictions across the country are challenged with budget constraints along with the struggles of maintaining an appropriate level of service for their communities. No one is exempt from these challenges. Organizations are discovering shared resources to be cost effective while providing a more efficient service, including the Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). To help understand the potential opportunities that providing shared services offer, the Verde Valley area is coordinating an educational forum to discuss the issues," a news release from the chief's office state.
"The goal of this meeting is to bring a greater understanding to agencies of whether or not cooperative service is an option that is right for them. The facilitators will discuss many ways to explore innovations and potential efficiencies. These meetings will provide information for the elected officials to make an informed decision on how to proceed."
Districts invited include Verde Valley Fire District, Camp Verde Fire District, Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Clarkdale Fire District, Sedona Fire District, Verde Valley Ambulance Company, Jerome Fire Department and Cottonwood Fire Department.
There will also be a question and answer period for elected officials.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
"Please join us and be part of this very important initiative to explore the advantages of shared services," said Hazime.
The discussion will be held Jan. 30-31 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at Mingus Union High School.