Honolulu looks at merging HFD and EMS

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle today released a consultant's report that examines a potential merger of the Honolulu Fire and Emergency Services departments.

The report, by Emergency Services Consulting International, outlines ways to improve public safety and government efficiency.

The City says it is carefully evaluating the report and may accept, reject or modify its recommendations and consider additional information.

The report does point to a possible merger, "Based upon our assessment of the organizations providing emergency services to the residents of the City and County of Honolulu we are confident that the merger would achieve various cost efficiencies and elimination in duplication of services. ESCI estimates that a merger of the organizations has the ability to generate savings in excess of $10,000,000 within the next five years."

The city says that there is no time frame for making a decision on a potential merger.

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