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Fire Department Consolidation

Well, here we go again. There will be tempers flaring and departments feeling threatened by any merger issues. What has to be considered is what is the best economic route to maintain services and keep providing the citizens the services they deserve. In 1997 it came up and caused some major political issues as well as some tempers flaring. Now is the time to either do it or forget it. As Wilmington continues to annex, departments will continue to lose districts and terroritories. This cannot be helped as growth is going to occur. Fire departments have merged between city and county for many years in the country as well as here in North Carolina and in the longrun the benefit to the citizens has been positive. No one wants to lose a fire department, but now is the time while the economy is still moving and governments can afford to operate. Having been in the fire service for 35 years, this is not as bad as many feel it will be. While there will be some personnel who may or may not keep jobs, the future will more positive than can be seen right now. Don't knock it until you have tried it!

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