Citizens can visit a new website — www.rfa-planning.org — to learn more about regional fire service discussions taking place in south Snohomish County.
Nine jurisdictions in south Snohomish County are exploring the possibility of consolidating fire and emergency medical service in a regional fire authority (RFA). The website provides meeting information, planning documents and presentations.
“The website can be valuable tool for anyone who wants to learn more about RFAs, the planning process and the key issues being discussed,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, chair of the RFA Planning Committee.
An RFA is a special-purpose district created by a vote of the people. State law provides the framework for jurisdictions to consider forming an RFA as a way to gain service efficiencies through consolidations while retaining local control. The cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo; the town of Woodway and Snohomish County Fire Districts 1 and 7 are participating in the RFA talks.
Each jurisdiction has appointed three elected officials to serve on an RFA Planning Committee. This committee met for the first time in March. Over the next year, the committee will be evaluating information and developing plans for levels of service, finance, governance and other issues related to the regional delivery of fire and emergency medical service. If feasible, the committee will draft a work plan for establishing an RFA and a ballot measure will be placed before voters in all jurisdictions within the proposed RFA boundaries. This process is expected to take at least two years.
The RFA Planning Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The location rotates among participating jurisdictions and is posted on the RFA website. The next meeting will be Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m., at Rosehill Community Center, Point Elliott Room, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. All meetings are open to the public.