The Daily Herald has an article

West Dundee officials this week took a small, but significant step toward possibly consolidating its fire services with neighboring departments by ordering a study on response times, where most emergency calls occur and related information.

The study will focus on the coverage area that encompasses the West Dundee and Carpentersville fire departments, as well as the East Dundee and the Rutland-Dundee Township fire protection districts.

The document, which the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association will compile, would also give an overview of the area and list the individual departments’ strengths and weaknesses.

Once the information comes back, … neighboring fire chiefs [will meet] to review it and figure out the next steps. Carpentersville, West Dundee and East Dundee support the study and are dividing its cost among themselves. Rutland-Dundee has agreed to submit information for the study, but is not making a financial contribution.

Talks about consolidating services have been ongoing for many years, but got serious in January …

“Certainly everybody’s got tight budgets and it makes sense to look at it at this time, but my ultimate goal would be to provide better service,” Friese said.

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