|Ensuring the safety of its citizens remains a top priority for government agencies. As the cost to do so continues to rise, some cities are taking action by merging emergency services, such as police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS), into a central public safety department. This all-in-one concept aims to save money and improve the service provided to its constituents.Although emergency services consolidation has its share of benefits, some police, fire and EMS personnel have cited some valid concerns—namely, the vast difference consolidation would have on job duties, the increased need for training and the public’s perception of dual-duty officers. If your community is considering consolidation, you may want to take a look at this e-newsletter. It not only explores the benefits, but it also discusses the challenges some may encounter along the way. Keep reading to find out more.The benefits of emergency services consolidation|
Whether a rural jurisdiction, a mid-sized municipality or a large metro area, consolidating emergency services and more specifically, cross-training police, fire and paramedic personnel may have some benefits worth looking into:
If your agency is one that will be combining their emergency services into one, be sure to keep the community informed and in the know. Imprint the new centralized phone numbers, websites and other pertinent contact information on a magnet or lighted key tag. Send them out in community mailers promoting the benefits of your new and improved merged emergency services.
Remember, public safety is always a top priority. Finding ways to improve upon it is a win for all.
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