Jul. 16—CHEYENNE — To streamline administrative processes and improve response times,
But first, they need support from voters in both fire districts.
A special election for this consolidation will take place from
Voters can also request absentee ballots starting Monday by calling the County Clerk's Election office at 307-633-4242 or by emailing [email protected]. Be prepared to provide your name, date of birth and residence address. Absentee ballots for the fire district election must be returned to the Clerk's office by
In a nutshell, LCFD2 Chief
The two districts are responsible for a significant area in western and northwestern
For voters who want to learn more about the consolidation, each district will host a public meeting prior to the election.
"There's a great opportunity for our citizens to have a voice and to share concerns, which is important for us, and we want to create more opportunities to serve our community better and be more fiscally responsible with the money that we do have," Caughey said.
According to both Caughey and LCFD8 Chief
Both districts already train together, but getting those services under one organization will ensure new hires can get up to speed quickly, Van Vlack said. Additionally, both organizations already work together in responding to fires or filling in gaps when
"Dispatch is outstanding about getting those calls for assistance through, but now it will be seamless," Caughey said.
Van Vlack agreed, saying, "One of the big benefits would be being able to redraw those response lines to where they make sense — where they're not square boundaries that don't consider travel time."
A major theme for the consolidation is getting rid of duplicative efforts. For example, Van Vlack said
While having a bigger staff and more resources will help improve the services provided by both districts, it could also impact some residents' home insurance costs. Fire districts are given ratings that help determine insurance costs related to the risks of fire, and both chiefs believe it is possible that residents will reap those benefits.
The two districts are also leaving the door open for other
"Looking long-term, down the road, we're trying to build a structure that leaves the door open if other departments wish to join and consolidate and further increase the efficiencies," Van Vlack said.
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