YAKIMA, Wash.-- Fire departments in Yakima including, YFD and Union Gap are a little closer to the next step of forming a Regional Fire Authority.
Tuesday, the Yakima City Council gave YFD the green light to move forward with the next step, a financial feasibility study which will cost about $22,000. Paid for by YFD, Union Gap Fire, and District's 10 and 11.
"They'll do their study and we should have a financial report on whether this Regional Fire Authority is worth pursuing any further or not," said Yakima Fire Chief Dave Willson.
They are now waiting on approval from Union Gap and District 10 before the study can begin.
With city budgets shrinking, Chief Willson says the formation of the fire authority might be the only way to guarantee steady service for the people who depend on them.