Board of Commissioners Approve Contract

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Good news! This past Thursday night the Board of Commissioners from both the Shoreline Fire Department (SFD) and Northshore Fire Department (NFD) met and approved a contract for SFD to provide services to NFD. The contract, or Interlocal Agreement (ILA), details the specifics of how NFD will pay SFD to provide full administrative, operational, and support services. This contract will take effect on June 1st . The NFD will still remain as a fire department with a Board of Commissioners managing funds and the level of service being provided. However, all the existing employees will transfer into the SFD organization, and essentially, we will be working almost like one fire department.

As one of the SFD Commissioners put it, we have been talking about doing this for forty years! We may not have been actively working on this for that entire time, but this has taken many years of effort. By combining forces we will be able to serve all of the communities better, with a higher level of service. Also, a contract for services isn’t the same as a merger, but there are still significant savings that will occur due to improved efficiencies. And please be assured that this will not impact any of our other activities either, unless it is to improve on those areas too. We will still offer the same classes, services, and community events.

Regionalization efforts such as this are occurring nearly everywhere, with the focus of being able to deliver better services for less money. This allows us to stretch your tax dollars further, reducing the pressure on our citizens. We are very excited about the positive changes that will be occurring because of this contract and believe that this is a great step forward.

If you have any questions on this or other fire department functions please contact me at mcowan@shorelinefire.com.

Thanks!

Matt Cowan

Fire Chief Shoreline Fire Department 

O (206) 533-6510 C (206) 786-9042

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