Regional Fire Authority on Ballot
The Lynnwood City Council and the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners have approved a joint resolution proposing a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) to voters in the primary election on Aug. 1.
An RFA is a special purpose district established by voters in a service area to provide funding for fire and emergency medical services. State law provides the framework for cities, towns and fire districts to form a RFA as a way to gain efficiencies while retaining local control.
If approved by a majority of voters, the Lynnwood Fire Department and Fire District 1 would consolidate into a single regional fire agency allowing for standardization of procedures, training and administration, and coordination of resources. The RFA would be implemented on October 1, 2017.
Lynnwood and Fire District 1 leadership and staff proposed the RFA after seven months of review, analysis, outreach and planning. Ongoing public education will be conducted until the August election.
Presentations about the Regional Fire Authority proposal are available to community groups. Email info@LynnwoodFD1RFA.com to request a presentation.
The Lynnwood/Fire District RFA website has more information including meeting information, frequently asked questions, project timeline and other documents.