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Okanogan County Fire District 6 signs contract to provide Twisp with fire suppression service

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Okanogan County Fire District 6 signs contract to provide Twisp with fire suppression service

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July 16, 2012

(Twisp, WA) Okanogan County Fire District 6 (District 6) and the Town of Twisp, Wash., have signed a contract for fire services. District 6 will provide fire suppression services for the town; in return, Twisp will pay the district $2,042.96 per month through the end of the year. The contract terms, including compensation, will be renegotiated and renewed for 2013.

“We appreciate the Town of Twisp formalizing this agreement,” said Roy Reiber, Chair of the Board of Fire Commissioners. “It protects our taxpayers from liability.”

District 6 presented the Twisp Town Council with a contract for fire protection services similar to an agreement that it has with the Town of Winthrop. In addition to sharing stations, equipment, apparatus and fire fighters, Twisp benefits by having four full-time personnel to manage emergency operations. According to the fire district’s attorney, the contract also protects district taxpayers from potential liability issues to provide fire protection services to town residents.

Long-term, Winthrop and Twisp will consider placing a measure on the ballot to annex to the fire district. Annexation may be the fairest way to share the cost for fire protection services for both towns and residents who live in unincorporated areas.

Founded in 1960, Okanogan County Fire District 6 covers an area of approximately 350 square miles making it the largest fire district in the county. The district provides fire, rescue and emergency response services from Gold Creek to Lost River, including all unincorporated areas and the communities of Carlton, Winthrop, and Mazama. A team of career and volunteer fire fighters serve 4,000 residents and protect more than 3,500 structures. For more information about the district, visit our web site at www.okanogancountyfd6.com.

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