Fire departments consider consolidation efforts

CHENANGO COUNTY – Unsure if it’s even feasible at this point, four local fire departments are at least considering the possibility of joining forces to form what has been initially dubbed a “municipal consortium.”

Officials from the Earville, North Norwich, Sherburne and Smyrna fire districts will be meeting for only the second time on Wednesday to brainstorm a number of options regarding the consolidation of their departments – admitting they are a long way off from making heads or tails of the idea.

“That’s what we have got to find out,” said Village of Sherburne Fire Chief Mike Hodge, “what the benefits would be; what the savings would be.”

Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith said consolidation talks are just part of what has been an ongoing effort on the part of area departments to maximize resources – both human and capital.

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