Aberdeen and Hoquiam could combine fire departments

The conversation to combine the Aberdeen and Hoquiam fire departments is once again on the table, and Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said that the cities are going to explore their options.

They have authorized their staff to begin formal discussions to find the feasibility of a merger.

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney says “A lot has changed recently and we are constantly looking at ways to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.

Mayor Simpson also said “Our fire departments already respond jointly and work well together. It’s a natural fit.”

The primary purpose of these discussions is to find ways to improve efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in delivering fire and paramedic services for both communities. The intent of a combined fire department would be to reduce cost and develop a streamlined approach for both communities.

The Aberdeen Fire Department has a budget of $5.1 million with 37 employees. The Hoquiam Fire Department has a $2.8 million budget and 22 employees.

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