After three-plus years of contracting with Fire District 3, Battle Ground officials are looking to solidify the partnership by possibly annexing into the district.
Fire District 3 took over as Battle Ground’s fire and emergency service contractor on Jan. 1, 2016, after the city opted to switch from using Clark County Fire & Rescue.
“The contract was to build a relationship with them,” City Manager Erin Erdman said. “The long-term plan was that the district would annex the city in if both sides liked the fit.”
Both city and fire district officials are pleased with the partnership. Fire District 3 covers Battle Ground, Hockinson, Brush Prairie and Venersborg. Fire Chief Scott Sorenson said the partnership has improved service in the city and to the rest of the fire district.
In order for the city to be annexed into the district, there has to be a public vote that includes residents in Battle Ground and all of Fire District 3’s coverage area.