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Cities unite in offering emergency aid

Cari Doutre
Leader Correspondent

Garland City is just one of many Box Elder County towns and cities ready to lend a hand when it comes to emergencies.
On Tuesday night Steve Harrington with the Garland City Fire Department presented the Garland City Council with a proposed automatic and mutual aid program that communities throughout the county are joining. So far Garland, Tremonton, Brigham City, Corinne, Fielding, Portage and the Central Box Elder Fire District (Honeyville, Bear River City, Deweyville and parts of Elwood) have met and discussed a new dispatch system that will automatically call another town or city to respond to a fire, car accident or other emergency situation.

Each of the fire chiefs in these areas have decided, according to the need, what they will provide to other entities if an emergency occurs. For example, if Garland City is called to a house fire, the new dispatch system will automatically dispatch Tremonton City’s fire department and they will bring a ladder fire truck, one pumper truck, a brush truck, an ambulance and the personnel to run those vehicles and equipment. In exchange if Tremonton City is dispatched on a similar emergency, then Garland will bring one pumper truck, a brush truck and an ambulance. Each department has different resources and has agreed accordingly to what it can provide.

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