Edmonds hosting meeting on Regional Fire Protection Authority Monday night

The mayors of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Woodway — plus their respective city councils — are sponsoring  an informational meeting and discussion in Edmonds Monday night, Jan. 31,  to learn how a Regional Fire Protection Service Authority is formed and the possible benefits of such an arrangement.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Brackett Room, third floor of Edmonds City Hall. Representatives from Snohomish County Fire Districts 1 and 7, the Shoreline Fire Department and City of Bothell have also been invited.

The agenda will include an overview of the statute that governs regional fire service authorities, as well as a presentation from the cities of Kent and Auburn, whose cities each recently formed such authorities in partnership with local fire districts. One possible outcome of this meeting would be for area municipalities to move forward to evaluate the benefits of creating a regional fire authority plan in 2011.

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