YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Regional Fire Authority is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Yakima's fire chief told the Yakima City Council the program is financially feasible. It would join Yakima, Union Gap, and two other fire districts together. The fire authority would be separate from city governments and collect new taxes and fees. The departments see it as a way to solve problems with understaffing.
"Right now, we're actually browning out at times, we don't have a back up pumper in this city... When we go for a fire, there's no one left," says Yakima Fire Chief Dave Willson.
The program is still only a possibility. Even if the study group recommends it, it still has to go to local city councils and then voters to get approved.