IAFF Manual Provides Better Understanding of Public Safety
April 2, 2009 – The current economic decline is leading some
municipalities to consider consolidation -- or merging -- of fire and police
departments under a single public safety office (PSO) with the guise of saving
IAFF affiliates need to be aware of the severely negative effect PSO systems can
have on fire services.
The IAFF has developed a "Fire and Police
Consolidation: An Ineffective Use of Resources" manual to give affiliates
general information on PSO systems and guidance to prevent them from being
implemented. A detailed toolkit -- available to affiliate leaders -- accompanies
the manual and includes a list of top 20 questions to ask city/county managers,
mayors and councilors who may be considering a PSO system.