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Dearborn Fire Department to Discuss Consolidation with Melvindale

The potential plan to consolidate the two cities' fire services could see action by the end of 2012.

Though any action is still far off, the City of Dearborn confirmed Thursday that talks are under way between Dearborn and Melvindale to explore the idea of consolidation of fire services between the two cities.

Chief Joseph Murray will be meeting with leadership in Melvindale to discuss the possibility further within the next few weeks. The hope is that the discussions result in an official memo to members of city council that will detail what the process would entail, and how the result would or would not benefit both cities in terms of coverage and cost.

As a result, eight vacancies currently within Dearborn’s fire department have not been filled.

Melvindale’s fire department currently employs 15 full-time firefighters, which Murray said would all be retained if the two departments merged services.

However, he added that the Dearborn Fire Department is “still interviewing, in case (the consolidation) doesn’t work.”

Since assuming the office of fire chief in July, Murray  about sharing services–in both informal and formal ways.

Council members on Thursday expressed concern as to how this particular plan would be implemented, especially in terms of keeping up with Dearborn’s standard of services, and how each community would be charged with footing the bill for fire services.

Murray said that a lot of details still needed to be discussed; however, he added that the benefit could be mutual. For example, Murray noted that southwest Dearborn could see quicker fire response from Melvindale’s fire station nearby.

It’s expected that the city will have a clearer view of the issue within the next month.

steve secatch September 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
It does work. Tri City fire Dept contracts with West Bloomfield for 4 on duty FF/ paramedics per shift. WBFD provides the equip and Tri City supplies the station. The contract cut WB response times in parts of their Township where their 5 station have long response time and they receive ALS transport fees in these 3 cities , plus thousands of dollars from their contract to provide services. The FFs are waiting for calls all day long, might as well response to border cities and collect easy money to help keep their taxpayers cost lower. With over 100 FF, Dearborn could handle extra 3 or 4 runs a day
Mark Moros September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Merging can work If done properly. In the early 1900's Dearborn twp, Fordson and Springwells all merged to become the City of Dearborn. Why cant we learn from the past and merge entire municipalities rather than just departments? That would be a true savings to the taxpayers. Plymouth Twp and the City of Plymouth merged fire departments approximately 10 years ago which gave them 30 full time firefighters. That merger failed miserably because the two separate sets of polititions could not work together. Now the City of Plymouth has a volunteer fire department and Plymouth Twp is down to 14 firefighters. Talk about going backwards.
Michael D. Albano September 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
As long as a consolidation save the cities money and doesn't affect the quality of Fire Department or the response times, I have no issue with it. There is so much waste in government it's unbelievable. Take the city of Dearborn Heights for example - approx 1/2 the pop and land aprea of Dbn, yet it has 3 school districts. That means 3 superintendents 21 school board members and who knows how many school board Board. employees
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