Bronson considers fire department merger

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By Carolyn Risner

In this corner you have more money, more equipment and a lower ISO rating.

In the other corner you have insurance liability, territory and details, details, details.

That was the scene Monday night as Bronson's town council listened to the beginnings of what may be a merger between its fire department and the now seemingly defunct fire department in Otter Creek.

Rick Lombardo, Bronson's fire chief, presented a draft of an agreement that could start the ball rolling toward combining the fire departments.

Lombardo said the Otter Creek station is unable to keep up with the firefighting demand, and Bronson has been supplementing its service.

By combining the two stations, Otter Creek would cede its equipment and its monies to Bronson. The money, Lombardo said, would allow a stipend for two part-time firefighters to always be on call. Having those two people in place should allow for an ISO rating reduction, which in turn may be passed on to property owners for lower property insurance rates.

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