The City of Flagstaff will be working with Summit Fire and Medical District and the Highlands Fire District to provide mutual aid, according to a media release.
The agreement outlines that the three organizations will come to each other’s aid regardless of jurisdictional boundaries when fires or other emergencies occur.
“Entering into this automatic aid consortium with our partners Highlands and Summit will be incredibly beneficial to all of our respective residents,” Mayor Coral Evans said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen and improve service to those in need.”
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As part of the agreement, the three organizations will share a central dispatch center and radio channels as well as the same standard operating procedure.
Flagstaff, Summit and Highlands firefighters have been training together for about five years and take have taken part in joint regional training for the last three years, according to the city.
Pete Kloeber, Chair of the Highlands Fire District Board, and Jim Doskocil, Chair of the Summit Fire Board, called the agreement the “natural next step” for both fire districts in a statement.
Automatic aid has been cited as a gold standard policy for emergency services across the country, according to the city.
Larger agencies such as Flagstaff benefit by having additional units capable of responding to multiple incidents at the same time. Smaller agencies like Highlands and Summit benefit when responding to large incidents that occur in their districts.
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