MOUNT DESERT — The chiefs of Mount Desert Island’s four fire departments want to meet soon with the four town managers to talk about ways to ensure adequate fire protection across the island in the years to come, including the possibility of a single, island-wide fire department.

That idea has been kicked around for a number of years, but there have been no serious proposals. But now, with a continuing decline in the number of volunteer firefighters, consolidation is seen as a possible long-term solution.


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