The Tri-Cities just keeps growing, and that's why nine new firefighters are joining the Pasco Fire Department.
The unique thing about this recruiting class is these firefighters are training with other departments. This time, it's Richland and Pasco working together. This gives them the chance to get to know each other before there's a real emergency.
"A Pasco fire truck shows up in Richland because we're closer or we're available, or a Richland fire truck may wing up in Pasco because they're closer or they're available," said Dave Hare, Deputy Chief with Pasco Fire Department.
Tri-Cities' fire departments work together a lot more that we probably think. Richland and Pasco learning together before showing up to all of the chaos is a huge plus.
"This recruit school is a huge opportunity for us to provide training now under controlled circumstances before our guys are seeing each other on an emergency scene," said Hare.