November 19, 2010
Officials meet next week to start formal
discussions regarding the creation of a new regional fire authority.
The authority, if established, would
replace the three fire agencies that cover the greater Wenatchee area including Chelan County Fire District 1,
Douglas County District 2 and Wenatchee City Fire and Rescue.
The three entities already work together in
response to fires in the Greater Wenatchee area through automatic and mutual aid agreements. But proponents say
there would be longterm cost benefits by consolidating manpower, equipment and facilities under one management
Douglas County District 2 Chief Chuck Fenton says his Commissioners are concerned that if
Douglas County District 2 were to be dissolved, property tax rates would have to be increased under a Regional
The planning committee, which meets next Wednesday, is comprised of the elected boards
of Commissioners of both rural fire districts and three members of the Wenatchee City Council. If the plan moves
forward, Voters in all three jurisdictions would have the final say.