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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 email Tate Mills, fire service specialist, or call him at 320.333.2817.


A Blue Print for Shared Services Link

Final reports

2010 shared services reports

Bemidji Area
Benson / Clontarf / Danvers/DeGraff
Carlton / Wrenshall / Esko
Cloquet Area Fire District
Minnetrista / Mound / St. Bonifacius
Stevens County
Stillwater/Lake Elmo/ Mahtomedi


2012 shared services reports

Chisago City - Lindstrom
Columbia Heights - Fridley - St Anthony
Hamel - Loretto
Hibbing Area
Laurentian North Firefighters Org
NowThen - St Francis - Ramsey
Stevens County


2014 shared services reports

2018/19 services planning reports​