The fire departments of the City of Fitchburg, City of Verona, Village of Oregon and Town of Madison are discussing the possibility of consolidation to provide better services to residents at potentially lower costs. An article on Channel3000.com describing the situation can be found here: http://www.channel3000.com/news/Fire-departments-consider-consolidation/-/1648/17711804/-/14wx6wez/-/index.html.
Graduate students from the LaFollette School of Public Policy presented a study recommending consolidation on Jan. 2, 2013. A news article can be found here: http://www.localgovinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Grad School Recommends Consolidation of Fire Services.pdf
A copy of the study by the La Follette grad students can be found here:
The report's Executive Summary can be found here: http://www.localgovinstitute.org/sites/default/files/FireEMS Consolidation CBA Summary 12-17.pdf.