Cheney Free Press -

By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake, County Fire District 3 consider merger

Lack of call response a growing issue for the Medical Lake Fire Department

 

January 17, 2019

Lee Hughes

Spokane County Fire District 3s Station 33, located on West Melville Road in Four Lakes. The bulk of Medical Lake requests for emergency services would originate from Station 33, according to SCFD3 Chief Cody Rohrbach.

The city of Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 are discussing a merger due to an increasing number of no-response calls by the city's all-volunteer fire department.

The Medical Lake Fire Department failed to respond to over one-quarter of the calls they received in 2018, according to a city report. SCFD3 picked up the slack under joint support agreements between the two entities.

To blame for response is a lack of staff availability from the all-volunteer fire department, according to Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield.

Medical Lake received a total of 642 calls for servi...



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