June 11, 2010
Forming a Regional Fire Authority to replace the three departments currently serving the Greater Wenatchee area is an idea Wenatchee City Council wants to pursue. Last night the council approved proceeding with formal discussions leading the possible merging of fire protection services with Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2. A letter will be sent to both rural fire districts expressing the city's interest in pursuing the possble merger. Two council members have volunteered to represent the City in future planning discussions. A third will be added later. Commissioners with the two rural districts would then respond. Consolidating the three agencies into one regional fire authority is an idea that Wenatchee Mayor Dennis Johnson finds appealing since the three entities already have in place mutual aid agreements for fires in their shared service areas . Council members Tony Veeder and Jim Bailey will represent the city in future regional fire authority discussions with a third representative to be named later.