Retired chief to help explore area fire merger
A retired fire chief with extensive experience working in a fire district has agreed to help investigate the possibility of merging the Abbotsford, Colby and Dorchester fire and ambulance services. And, as a bonus, he’s willing to do the work for free.
As its first order of business, a 24-person committee exploring a potential consolidation voted Tuesday to hire John Neihart of Lake Hallie as a volunteer consultant. He will evaluate each department’s equipment, review their service areas, talk to the fire and EMT chiefs and come back with a recommendation at the committee’s next meeting April 14.