Regional Fire Authority meeting rescheduled to this Wednesday

The Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee exploring fire-service consolidation in south Snohomish County will meet at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Snohomish County Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S, Everett.

The meeting date was changed to Nov. 30 due to a number of scheduling conflicts on the regularly scheduled date of Dec. 7.

Representatives from the nine jurisdictions participating in the regionalization talks, including the City of Edmonds, plan to continue their discussion of a request from the City of Bothell to join the RFA Planning Committee.

In addition to Edmonds, the cities of Brier, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo, the town of Woodway and Snohomish County Fire Districts 1 and 7 formed the exploratory RFA Planning Committee in March. Since then, the group made up of three elected officials from each jurisdiction has been gathering, analyzing and combining information from each agency on fire-service finances, budgets and operations.

The planning process is expected to take at least two years and could, if deemed feasible, culminate in a public vote to create an RFA. It will be up to the RFA Planning Committee members to decide if they want to accept Bothell’s request to be added to the planning effort already underway.

The RFA Committee first considered the request at its Nov. 3 meeting. At that time, committee members said they needed more information from the City of Bothell before making a decision. No one from Bothell attended the Nov. 3 meeting, but city has indicated elected officials will be present at the Nov. 30 meeting.

The RFA Planning Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. The meeting location rotates among participating jurisdictions and is posted on the RFA Planning Committee website: Agendas, minutes and planning documents are also available online.


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