Committee forms to review fire study recommendations

Over the past few months an independent study of the fire and EMS services within the town of Manlius and the northern part of the town of Pompey was conducted. Currently, four fire departments serve this area, including Minoa, Fayetteville, Manlius and Kirkville. The study was performed by RFG Fire Consulting and was financed in part by a New York State grant received by the villages of Fayetteville and Manlius.

The goal of the study was to perform a management and operations study and recommend actions that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency in the utilization of resources within the fire departments. The study has been completed, and the Manlius Town Board passed a resolution resolving to work with the villages, fire departments, consultants and all other parties to further examine the details of creating one fire district.

The consultant's report represents the end of the first phase of this effort. The report will now be reviewed by all stakeholders, including the five municipal boards and four fire departments within the service area, as well as the Fire Services Steering Committee, which was appointed by all five municipal boards to scope and execute this study.

Two decades ago, the town and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa jointly implemented a consolidation of the then three village police departments into the town of Manlius Police Department. Our police department, which is CALEA-certified, is second to none in Central New York in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency and professionalism.

With the help of this study, these same towns and villages will now review what changes should be made to its Fire and EMS Services to ensure we are providing our citizens with the best, most effective and most financially responsible services in Central New York.

The resolution adopted on April 13 by the Manlius Town Board is available at the Town Clerk's Office.

Ed Theobald is the Manlius Town Supervisor.

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