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Committee studies consolidation report for Manlius fire service

Fayetteville, Kirkville, Manlius and Minoa fire stations currently are all independent.

Fayetteville, Kirkville, Manlius and Minoa fire stations currently are all independent. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— “We have to see if what we are doing is fiscally responsible without losing any service,” Theobald said.

Currently, representatives from the fire department do not serve on the implementation committee, something the fire departments have taken issue with.

“In my honest opinion, if they’re not going to include us in the process and they’re not going to let us be part of what they’re trying to do, I think it should just go away. The whole study should go away,” said Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall.

Whorrall, who has been active in the Manlius Fire Department for more than 40 years, said he is undecided on which plan he thinks may be better for the town.

“I need to see, in writing, what they plan to implement or what they plan to present to the fire departments before I can say which one is the best way to go,” he said. “We’re talking about four different departments, three different companies. Everybody has to agree, it has to be those organizations that have to agree.”

The implementation committee is scheduled to meet again Feb. 4. Theobald said though the process has been slow — the study was commissioned in 2008 — he is hopeful the careful attention paid will assist in the end.

“Due diligence is key in any operation,” Theobald said. “I know there are people who will be thinking this is not moving fast enough. We want to do it right, we don’t want to do it quick. If this takes a year, we want to make sure we do it right.”

Multiple calls to the Minoa and Fayetteville fire departments requesting comment were not returned.

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