All these activities have been taking place in addition to the normal operations of providing fire services. The people providing these services are all volunteers; firefighters, officers, chiefs and commissioners. There are many fine organizations (churches, sports, legion, scouting, the arts, etc.) in our town run by volunteers. As with the fire service, the time and effort provided by volunteers are spent on planning and preparation in addition to the services they provide. The actual services are only a part of their overall contributions.
Overall, when quantifying collaboration and cooperation efforts among the fire districts, you see success. To some, they may not appear to be colossal savings, but they show responsible leadership and community stewardship. The greater successes are the collaboration of services and the ability of different groups to benefit, both their communities and their organizations, all while working towards operating as a single unit. We are much farther along that path than what might be public knowledge, but as volunteers, our focus is simple: to serve the community and to do it in a way that will maximize the benefits for all.
Rick Zigrosser, Elsmere Fire District Commissioner