Medford considers cost-saving options for fire agencies

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Thu, May 29 2014 at 5:49 PM, Updated: Thu, May 29 2014 at 9:45 PM

Medford, Ore -- The City of Medford is on a mission to work more efficiently and save tax payers money.

At 6 o'clock on Thursday night the Medford City Council analyzed a study for the first time that looks at, among many things, potentially combining Medford Fire and Jackson County District 3 fire services.

Medford City Councilor Daniel Bunn said the goal is to provide better fire service at a lower cost.

After the council takes a look at the findings, Bunn said there are several options the council will be considering in the coming weeks.

"One of the options that's presented in the report is to have District 3 annex its boundaries to include Medford. That is a way to provide unified fire service. We might not do that, but it's one solution," said Bunn.

Other options include potentially sharing people, like having one  chief presiding over both Medford Fire and Jackson County Fire District Three. Another option would be sharing training facilities.

Bunn said the roughly 170-page report will be up on the City of Medford's website by Friday.

There will be opportunities for public comment in the coming weeks, but at Thursday night's meeting, there was no public input.

The study session was open to the public and it was held in the Medford room at city hall.


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