Former Director Wants Poquonnock Bridge to Merge

Taxpayers are paying millions extra to support a system in Groton that allows multiple fire districts to control their own departments and equipment, says the former director of the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District Committee.

Alan Ackley, who was removed from the fire district committee in May, said he wants Poquonnock Bridge to merge with the town so the town council can manage it and save money.

Groton has nine independent fire districts that provide fire protection and emergency services to the residents who live in the districts they cover. Poquonnock Bridge is the largest of the nine. It is a career fire department with paid staff rather than volunteers.

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