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Yakima and Union Gap Fire Departments pool resources

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YAKIMA, Wash-- With budgets tight both Yakima and Union Gap Fire Departments are getting creative to save money.  

The departments have reached an agreement to share resources. Union Gap can't afford a new ladder truck, so they're pitching in $100,000 towards Yakima's new truck. 

In return, the Yakima ladder truck will respond to commercial fires in Union Gap.

"We're gonna pool our fire resources to be more efficient and to increase safety to our firefighters. It's actually a win win for both cities and the citizens in both cities," said Chief Charlie Hines, YFD.

Also part of the agreement, automatic aide. Now the closest engine will respond regardless of Yakima and Union Gap city boundaries. Hines said this will shorten response times.

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