2The Daily Tar HeelMonday, October 14, 1985
By DORA McALPIN
The Chapel Hill Town Council
tonight will address an independent
consultant firm's report that, among
other recommendations, calls for the
eventual merging of the town's police
and fire departments into a single public
The town should implement this plan
by Sept. 30, 1986, the report says. Under
such an arrangement, the department
would be headed by a director of public
safety. There would be deputy directors
for police and for fire divisions.
The report, prepared by the
Washington-based consulting firm
Rusten Associates, says the arrange
ment would reduce administrative costs,
provide for consolidation of police and
fire department training programs, and
allow coordination of crime and fire
Town Council member David God
schalk said there is merit in the idea
of a merger, although opposition to the
plan can be expected.
"But I think there's always some
opposition to changing institutional
arrangements," he said.
The report, which is a follow-up to
a 1983 study of all the town's depart-
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ments, was compiled this summer and
released to the press Sept. 30. In the
I983 study, Rusten found serious
problems in the police and fire depart
ments that kept them from operating
The latest report says that the police
department has had significant improve
ments in management since the 1983
study, but the fire department "is a
disheartening and sharp contrast to the
police department and the progress it
has made in the past two years."
New leadership is necessary to
improve the morale and efficiency of
the fire department, the report says.
It recommends that a new fire chief
be hired by the end of next March to
replace Everett Lloyd, who has been the
town's fire chief since 1968. The new
fire chief should come from outside the
department, the report says.
Opposition and open animosity
between fire department officials is one
reason to change current leadership,
according to the report. Low morale
and high frustration among personnel
also indicate a need for change, the
"Clearly, this department is in des
perate need of new leadership," the
report says. "It would bring about a
refreshing change in atmosphere if new
blood were pumped into all positions
above the rank of captain."
Some of that "new blood" might be
current fire department personnel who
would move into such postions as
assistant fire chief, according to the
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"But sweeping changes are sometimes
neither practical nor possible," the
report says. "In this case, it is probably
wiser to bring about change in stages."
"The report makes 49 recommenda
tions on how to improve the efficiency
of the two departments. Most of these
changes should be adopted whether the
town combines the two departments or
leaves them separate, according to the
Some of the most significant of the
49 recommendations follow.
1) The rules and regulations of both
departments should be revised. The
report says both departments are
operating under outdated guidelines.
2) A female officer should be assigned
to the police. Investigations Division.
This officer would spend half her time
assisting the juvenile officer, who would
be moved from the Uniformed Patrol
Division to the Investigations Division
under the plan outlined in the report.
The rest of the female officer's time
would be devoted to assisting other
members of the division in rape and
related cases and to "working on general
3) The number of public service
officers assigned to the fire department
at any give time should be increased
from seven to 11. Currently, public
service officers spend most of their time
working out of the police department
and respond to police, fire, and medical
emergency calls. They each spend
roughly 28 days twice a year at the fire
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Seven officers at a time are assigned,
to the fire department under the current
system, but the plan outlined in the
report calls for 11. The report also
recommends that the firefighting train
ing time for each officer be increased.
4)The fire department should con
sider dispatching the ladder truck for
all dwelling and structural fires. The
report says the ladder truck is seldom
dispatched because "the fire chief
doesn't like to see it used." Currently,
the department usually sends two
pumpers on each fire alarm, according
to the report. In some cases, the
department dispatches only a pumper
or a pumper and a van, it says.
Council member David Pasquini said
that, although the report will be
presented to the council tonight, much
of the responsibility for deciding on and
implementing change will fall to Town
Manager David R. Taylor.
"The fire department and the police
department fall under the (jurisdiction
of the) town manager," Pasquini said.
"So the town council doesn't have any
real power there.
"What I think will happen is that we
(the council) will have a work session
with the manager later on and well
make recommendations about what we
consider to be important.
"But as for change, that's strictly a
management decision," he said.
Lloyd and Taylor could not be
reached for comment Sunday evening.
The candidates were interviewed by
a panel of three faculty members and
were chosen based on academic merit,
campus involvement, personality and
achievements, including extracurricular
activities, outside interests, pursuits and
Voting will be held Oct. 24 in Chase
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CHARLOTTE Friends of
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may be urging Martin to run for the
U.S. Senate, but the idea of the U.S.
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"I'm personally skeptical about
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