Bainbridge, North Kitsap, Poulsbo fire commissioners continue efficiency talks Wednesday

POULSBO — Bainbridge, North Kitsap and Poulsbo fire district commissioners meet Wednesday to continue their discussions about efficiencies.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

— Facility Maintenance Update.

— Emergency Services Consulting International Report Update

— Responsibility for meeting minutes in 2012.

The recession and slow recovery have wreaked havoc on property values, tax revenues that fund public services, and investment income of public agencies. Commissioners have been working to  identify ways they can operate more efficiently and avoid duplication of service. Bainbridge, North Kitsap and Poulsbo fire departments share a facilities maintenance employee, at a cost of $25,000 each. The departments also train together.

North Kitsap and Poulsbo fire commissioners have discussed implementing a fire service benefit charge, creating an intern resident program at Poulsbo Fire, building a shared fire station in between the coverage areas, decreasing reserve fleets and increasing the role of the Suquamish Fire Department.

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