Maplewood and South Orange are moving forward with consolidating their fire departments, with Maplewood taking the lead.
Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca made the announcement at tonight’s Maplewood Township Committee. The mayor reported that the particulars of the framework for merging are:
- Maplewood will be the lead agency — all firefighters will be employees of the Township of Maplewood
- There will be 4 shifts (as there are now), with a minimum of 14 fire personnel on duty and 17 on-duty fire personnel (optimally)
- There will continue to be 3 fire houses.
- There will continue to be 5 engines and trucks total.
- Maplewood will be absorbing firefighters from South Orange into a newly named Maplewood and South Orange Fire Department
“That is the framework. We have a lot more to do. We have a lot more people to speak to, but we just wanted to update you because that is where we are,” said DeLuca.
There were no questions from the Township Committee members. DeLuca did not detail next steps or a timeframe.
The study estimated that the consolidation could result in an estimated annual cost savings of $582,659 to $1.6 million.
Town leaders say they support the recommendations but caution that the process would take negotiations and time.
Read the consolidation study here: