Vermont Communities Merging Emergency Services

Two southern Vermont communities are considering consolidating police, fire and rescue services


The Associated Press

DORSET, Vt. — Two southern Vermont communities are considering consolidating police, fire and rescue services.

Vermont Public Radio reports members of the Manchester and Dorset selectboards met with leaders from Manchester Village more than a year ago to discuss consolidating emergency services in hopes of saving money and providing at least the same level of service.

Consultants have recommended turning the Manchester Rescue Squad into a municipal agency within the town's fire department.

They also found that Dorset is inadequately served by its separate fire departments. They say the town lacks adequately trained volunteers, there's a cultural feud between the districts, and the town's equipment exceeds its need.

Dorset Fire Chief Alan Casey did not return calls seeking comment.

Public meetings in June will discuss consolidating police.

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