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Yakima Fire Department Over Budget, Chief Says It Won't Hurt Emergency Response

YAKIMA, Wash - The Yakima Fire Department has responded to many brush and structure fires in the last month.  Every time they're called out, it costs money.  All these incidents has led the department to be over budget.

The fire chief wants everyone to know, no matter how much money they have, they will always respond when needed.  He also says the city will adjust to the budget.

"We do anticipate going over budget because of the wildland fires, on the operation side as well as the investigation side and the money has got to come from other departments in the city," says Chief Charlie Hines of the Yakime Fire Department.

When other departments go over budget in the city, money will sometimes be taken from the fire budget.

The department has a mutual aid agreement with nearby cities to help with their fires.  The chief says it requires a lot of labor by his fire crews.  Other departments will also help Yakima in the winter and spring, when there are less wildland fires.

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