Consolidating multiple fire, EMS, police departments, and/or dispatch centers is often driven by fiscal concerns, but it can also result in improved service.Governing officials often conduct due diligence before spending taxpayers' dollars; a consolidation study is a smart way to conduct that due diligence. The six most common types are: Administrative Consolidation: Two or more departments maintain separate operations while some administrative/staff functions, such as clerical and personnel, are combined."We see this as an opening step that provides a good base of information from which if there is an interest in pursuing either enhanced sharing or consolidation, the five communities could move forward," Henken said.
Todd Michaels, Greendale's village administrator, said Wednesday that officials were reviewing the report and were not ready to comment.
"It's a large report with a lot of different ideas in it. It's something that we'll likely discuss with some of the other communities," he said.
Five southern Milwaukee County communities could save millions of dollars over the next five years if they consolidated their fire departments, a report by the Public Policy Forum says.
Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek could save $1 million annually in operating costs and about $4 million over the next five years in vehicle replacement costs if they formed one fire department, the report released Wednesday states.
An example would be combined dispatch, apparatus maintenance, or a combined training program.
Selected Geographical Consolidation: Usually found in larger cities.
The ICC is made up of the 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County.
Fire services emerged at the top of the list because significant portions of municipal budgets are devoted to public safety, Henken said.
As far as vehicles, the consolidated department would need 25 engines, ambulances and ladder trucks compared with the current 40 the departments have, Henken said.
Henken said the report was undertaken after the Public Policy Forum and the Greater Milwaukee Committee last year suggested to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council that in light of increasingly challenging municipal budget pressures that a more formalized process be created to explore shared services and consolidation opportunities.
The model that we created would actually add back a couple of assistant chiefs because you'd need that for a larger department.