Also, does the city really need a large fire headquarters facility? Wouldn't it be better to use smaller facilities scattered across the city to give quicker access to fires wherever they flare up?
Better communications technology reduces the need for a mother-ship headquarters. And the current facility is actually a good one.
This is just a silly idea and one that would lead to more political intrigue. Who would appoint the panel? Wouldn't the appointees have their own political bias or be directed from behind the scenes?
Besides, voters elect council members and the mayor to make these sorts of decisions — not to hide behind hand-picked panels.
In summary Fire issue resolutions: Compromise on number of firefighters. No new headquarters. No independent panel.