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(KSL News) -- Four fire departments in Utah joined forces today to better serve the community.
South Salt Lake, South Jordan, Sandy, and West Valley City fire departments merged to create the Metro Fire Agency. The new agency serves 275-thousand Utahns with a force of 312 fire personnel.
They will consolidate forces, and hope to lead to seamless, efficient service, without disputes over jurisdiction. The individual fire departments will maintain local control and authority.
Steve Foote, South Salt Lake Fire Chief: "This new organization is built upon a solid foundation of professional, caring, and compassionate service that is the mainstay of municipal government."
City officials hope the new alliance will lower operation costs and provide opportunities with joint training.