Earlier this week, the Frontline Blog warned affiliates to be wary of data compiled by DC-based consultant Leonard Matarese and his efforts to encourage city officials to merge fire and police services.

Now it seems his organization is at it again, this time surfacing in Palo Alto.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has released a report for city officials concerning the Palo Alto Fire Department.

According to the Palo Alto Daily News (story appears on San Mercury.com) the group recommends the merging of two fire stations, dropping minimum staffing requirements and sharing resources with the police department.

In addition, the group asserts that the fire department can be re-organized under a single public safety office and recommends that administrative and support functions be consolidated between fire and police departments.

Please continue to keep your community informed about the quality of services that fire fighters and paramedics provide.