Fire Dist. 8 and Spokane Valley Fire team up to cut response times

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 5:28 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.— Two groups of firefighters of teaming up  and changing how they respond to fires to reach neighbors faster. The change began Thursday for people living in Spokane County.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County’s Fire District Eight share a border. The shared area can make it hard to figure out which station should respond to emergencies in the border vicinity.  Now a new system means the closest firefighters will respond, even if you live in an area served by a different agency.

Neighbors living along Ball Street and Belle Vista drive in Spokane Valley are technically in Fire District Eight, but crews from Spokane Valley Fire can reach them quicker. Before July, both station would send crews to the location.

Now, 911 will dispatch the information to the station closest your address automatically no matter which jurisdiction your address belongs to.

“It’svery common throughout the country, and you see a lot of more progressive stations going to this type of dispatching system," said Fire District 8 Chief Tony Neilson.

People served by both agencies could a response time that is up to two minutes faster.

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