Shared Service Grant Program
Eight communities in Minnesota took advantage of a 2010 grant program through the Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division to hire an outside consultant to study the feasibility of sharing services among two or more fire departments. Eight additional grants were awarded in 2012 to assist in implementation of previous studies or to perform new studies. A link to the final reports on these studies is available below.
These fire departments and their local officials are to be commended for "thinking outside the box" and “opening up their department operations” to an outside consultant. I’m sure it was stressful - as outside influence and changes often can be. These studies were not directed at any one target, such as saving money or cutting staffing. They were initiated to explore the likelihood of success in sharing services with neighbors. Consultants provided many options for shared services in their final reports. Some have already been implemented by the fire departments; others may take years to put into place.
I invite you to read through these reports and see if there are any options listed that may work for your local fire department – ideally in partnership with one or more neighboring fire departments. I am happy to answer any questions I can about the reports or the grant program. You may also contact Bruce Roed, Fire Service Specialist at 320-333-2817 or Bruce.Roed@state.mn.us.
Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal
Click on the Fire Service below to view the final report submitted.
Benson / Clontarf / Danvers/DeGraff
Carlton / Wrenshall / Esko
Cloquet Area Fire District
Minnetrista / Mound / St. Bonifacius
Stillwater/Lake Elmo/ Mahtomedi
Chisago City - Lindstrom
Columbia Heights - Fridley - St Anthony
Hamel - Loretto
Laurentian North Firefighters Org
NowThen - St Francis - Ramsey