Both parties await logistical details from North Carolina-based Emergency Services Consulting International to gauge whether merging would work and how much money such a move would save. The Cleveland Foundation gave the cities a $40,000 grant to help cover the cost of the study.
ESCI hopes to have the study completed by late June or early July, Senior Vice President of Operations Philip Kouwe said. The organization has already completed a preliminary Cooperative Fire Service Delivery Feasibility Analysis based on information the cities gave to ESCI. You can view full results of the study by clicking on the document's icon.