Proposal could lead to Laramie County Fire Districts 2 & 8 consolidating
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Soon enough, Laramie country fire district’s 2 and 8 could be joining forces. A proposal has been put in place to combine the two, offering both the departments and the people in their community more fluidity between the area.
Jason Van Vlack, Fire Chief of LCFD 8, said, “being one district, we can more accurately redraw those response lines, those day to day operational lines on how we can respond to those quicker from those stations. It should help with some insurance rates for those residents that live in the district.”
After discussions that have gone back almost a decade, LCFD 2 and 8 have created a proposal that could finally bring their districts together. The proposal has been a work in progress for the past two years. The plan creates a pathway for both departments to more efficiently spend taxpayers money, train their firefighters together, and improve response times in their areas.
“Why do we need to be two separate organizations when we could probably be one, and streamline our expenses, reduce some redundancies, and really make a better organization for both organizations by being together,” said LCFD 2 Fire Chief Jason Coughey.
If passed, the process of fully combining the two will take around six months, with the goal being January 1, 2022. Those who live in the respective districts will get their chance to vote on the proposal on August 17, 2021.
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