We are beginning the discussions about how multiple agencies on various sizes that border one another can find ways to work together on common issues such as purchasing, training, vehicle maintenance, hiring etc without having to go thru legislative mergers or consolidations.

We have heard that there are areas in the U.S. that accomplish these tasks thru a non-profit stand-alone Cooparative ( Co-op) that would are governed by a board made up with one representative from each of the participating agencies.

We arwe sure that this is being done someplace else already in the U.S. and we would like to contact those areas to see how the organization ( by-laws etc ) is set up so that we don't have to re-invent the wheel.

If you know of an area where multiple agencies operate and share-cost items such as these thru a non-profit Co-op, I would appreciate information on where they are so that we can contact them.


Jim Brantley
FMB Fire