My Edmonds News reports that the Edmonds City Council has approved a contract for Snohomish County Fire District 1 to provide fire service to the city of Edmonds, ending a 105-year history of the Edmonds Fire Department:
In less than two months, Snohomish County Fire District 1 will be providing fire service to City of Edmonds residents, following a 6-1 Edmonds City Council vote last night to approve a 20-year contract with the regional fire authority. Councilmember Steve Bernheim was the single dissenting vote.
As of Jan. 1, 2010, all city fire department staff will become employees of Fire District 1. Agreement terms call for the city to retain ownership of the fire stations and land, and also keep the emergency medical services transportation fees the city now charges to residents when they need emergency transport. In addition, the city will sell all of its fire apparatus (engines, aid cars and equipment) to the fire district.