Posted: May 11, 2013 10:29 PM by Judy Slate - KBZK News
Updated: May 12, 2013 9:10 AM
The long running partnership between the Rae and Sourdough fire departments may be in jeopardy.
The RAE and Sourdough fire departments have worked together for more than a dozen years and share a facility on Cottonwood road. On Friday night though, at a meeting it became clear that the RAE leadership wants to go at it by themselves.
At a sometimes heated meeting, the RAE Fire Board proposed splitting from Sourdough.
The board voted to table the motion to sever ties.
"The partnership for years has worked great right," said Dave Kraft. "Now (there are) concerns about how that partnership works."
The two fire departments are two separate tax entities, but through the partnership they share resources, including equipment and personnel.
"It's kind of one of those things you're too small to be big and too big to be small."
But Kraft believes that together the departments are just right. He points to their fire department rating, better since they joined forces.
He said that brings down insurance rates for people in the fire district - but providing the best service is the bottom line.
"I hope we stay together in the partnership we can work our whatever difference might be," Kraft said. "It only better serves the community.
The chairman of the ROA board was unavailable for comment.
The Sourdough Fire Department is moving forward with plans to build a new fire station paid for by a $2.9 million levy recently approved by voters.
They hope to break ground this fall and be completed in the summer of 2014.