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White Pass Will Manage Without Naches Fire Department

Naches, WASH - The Naches Fire Department is no longer responding to medical emergencies at White Pass.  After a meeting with Yakima County Commissioners Friday, leaders of the Naches Fire District say they don't have enough money in the budget to go to the area anymore.

A spokesperson for White Pass says they have enough medical crews on staff to handle emergencies untill other help arrives.

"We definetly are prepared to handle it, would it be great to have Naches still involved?  Of course, but we're just going to wait and see what happens,"says Kathleen Goyette.

Other fire departments in Yakima County will now have to respond.

White pass leaders say waiting the extra time for rescue crews to arrive won't affect them too much.  They say if there is a life threatening injury, where every second counts,  they'll call for a helicopter.

The Naches Fire Department will still be responding to fires in the area.