|Published:||Jan 08, 2013 10:33 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 08, 2013 10:58 PM EST|
"It's well worth while, I think everbody, including the union, is looking to make significant progress on this and I think everybody is interested in moving forward but it's gonna be a long run," said Golden Gate Fire Chief Robert Metzger.
Fire officials in Golden Gate and East Naples are working to start consolidating services.
"In today's economic times we've got to investigate every single thing we can do to try and combine resources to try and save money wherever we can," said Brian Cross.
East Naples Fire Commissioner, Brian Cross, said homeowners in both areas can rest easy knowing that combining districts will benefit them as well.
"There will not be a person in East Naples, there will not be a person in Golden Gate that are going to have a ladder truck farther away or a water tender farther away," said Cross.
And even though many homeowners want the consolidation, the changes won't happen overnight.
"I'm going to put a damper to out first persons on the excitement of consolidation...I'm certainly against consolidation of the two departments."
Each district must now present their their operational and financial information.
"One of the big discussions is the incurred debt of both districts obviously, we have to look at that, compare that," said East Naples Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt.
And it will be the voters who have the final say in the changes.
"The question is what does the public really want? do they want improved service or do they want tax savings or some combination there of?" said Chief Metzger.