CKFR, Bremerton Fire talk of merger

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue has had periodic discussions with Bremerton Fire Department about a possible merger for a few years now, but recently there’s been talk of bringing in a consulting group to determine if a merging would be mutually beneficial.

“It would be at least September before we would start a study,” said CKFR chief Ken Burdette. “We think we can be more efficient and provide better service by coming together. On the surface it makes sense to do this, but there’s a fear factor ... anytime there’s change people are resistant.”

The recent discussion at CKFR has been, “Is this something we should or shouldn’t do?” Burdette said. He is hoping that an extensive study will help answer that question.

“Realistically it won’t be until after the first of the year before we know if it makes sense,” he said.

The next step is to find funding for the study. There has been discussion of the two departments splitting the costs of the approximately $50,000 study.

There are plans to bring in a consultant from Emergency Services Consulting inc. (ESCi), a consulting service to public safety agencies throughout the United States and Canada.

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