01/13/09 118 W, 1 I - + 11 - 10 Durham to Discuss City/County Merger

The News & Observer reports that members of the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners have agreed to start talks about merging the city and county governments. A merging of the two has been formally proposed several times, the article notes, since the mid-1920s. It was defeated in public referenda, in particular, in 1960 and 1974. No mention of fire services in the article. How big would a Durham City/County Fire Department be, do you suppose, with no reductions? Presently the combined stations would equal 25, from Durham (14), Bahama (2), Bethesda (2), Lebanon (1), Parkwood (3), and Redwood (3). See a list of Durham fire stations on the CFP site NC fire station list.

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