Hello Everyone

I throw this crazy idea of department consolidation around in my head all the time. I foresee it to be the only way that smaller rural departments will be able to survive and continue to provide services. I am wondering if any other rural departments are looking at the same issue, or have consolidated in the past. I am trying to gain insight as to the pros/cons of combining departments to meet the needs. Feel free to run with the idea or state your opinion.