Shared Services Fire Study

The City of East Lansing, City of Lansing and townships of Delhi, Delta, Lansing and Meridian recently commissioned and participated in a Shared Public Services Study. Released on June 6, 2012, the study was conducted by Plante Moran and partially funded by a Michigan Municipal League Foundation (MMLF) grant. Executive sponsors of the study included the MMLF, the six participating municipalities, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Purpose of Study
The purpose of the study was to explore the full spectrum of regional collaboration in the provision of Fire-EMS-Rescue services. The study sets forth a number of options for collaboration, beginning with a two-part phased approach to service enhancement. All six area municipalities, including the City of East Lansing, have opted to work with the regional partners to further improve services in the region and work toward the principles included in Phases I and II of the Shared Public Services Initiative Capital Area Fire Study (PDF).

Memorandum of Understanding
Leaders of six area jurisdictions have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing them to begin working immediately toward Automatic Mutual Aid. Implementation of Automatic Mutual Aid is the first step toward strengthened collaboration among the region’s fire departments. It will allow the departments to operate in a more seamless and efficient fashion and to provide enhanced service to the region.

The MOU also establishes a three-committee organizational structure that will consist of appointed and elected officials, fire chiefs, union leadership and representatives of the private sector. In addition to implementing Automatic Mutual Aid, the committees will pursue opportunities for expanded collaboration in the coming months. At least one of the committees will be meeting on a monthly basis to steer the process forward.