As their areas see rapid growth, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon, and Town of Madison fire chiefs are looking at consolidating the stations into one district.
The fire chiefs said the reorganization would allow them to share staff, equipment, and training resources under one name. They said there is already a significant amount of overlap and collaboration.
Verona Fire Chief Joe Giver told his staff that when and if the stations are consolidated, they will still have jobs. In fact, his research shows that in similar processes, the district would be likely to pick up a few new employees over time.
Giver said the consolidation would not likely involve any new buildings or station moves.
"In our situation, our stations are located far enough apart that we really can't close a station, or probably not even reduce a serious amount of apparatus, because of the distance between the stations," Giver said.