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Naches Fire Department No Longer to Respond to Medical Emergencies at White Pass

Naches, WASH - The Naches Fire Department will no longer be responding to medical emergencies at White Pass.  The White Pass area is not in the departments district.  The money in their budget does not come from tax payers up there, it comes from the ones in Naches.

Naches fire leaders told Yakima County Commisioners when their departments money ran out they would stop responding.  They stopped on Friday. 

Officials say last year it put the department $10,000 in the hole.

Now Naches Fire will only respond as far as mile post 185 on highway 12, just shy of White Pass.

This will not effect the departments fire response to the area however. Naches fire responds to places there that have contracts with the department.

Medical emergencies to the area will either have to come from private ambulance companies or other fire departments in the county.

Naches fire leaders say they will stand by their decision till county commisioners are able to give them more funding.

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