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Two into one? CKFR inks deal to examine merger with Bremerton Fire Department

Whether or not it will be feasible for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue to merge with Bremerton Fire Department will be known at the conclusion of a 6-month feasibility study which was approved by CKFR commissioners on Monday.

The two departments hired Emergency Services Consulting inc. (ESCi), a consulting service to public safety agencies throughout the United States and Canada, to determine if a merging of the two entities is mutually beneficial.

The consultants will not only look at the pros and cons of a possible merger, but also will study the benefits of the two departments maybe not neccessarily merging, but still consolidating at a smaller level.

“They will study a range, anywhere from purchasing toilet paper together to a complete merging,” said CKFR Chief Ken Burdette. “They will look at what makes sense for us to do together and what makes sense for us not to do. Together they might say we’re not as effective to merge, but maybe there’s certain things we can share. They’re trying to look at all aspects.”

The ESCi contract states, “In its work, after researching each service provider, ESCi, and its staff, develops a full range of partnering strategies and options, beginning with a ‘do nothing’ approach

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