East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Pursue a Merger

by Keppie Keplinger, Public Information Officer Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue

During the past year, Port Ludlow and East Jefferson fire districts have increased collaboration in an effort to get the most out of available resources while continuing to deliver outstanding emergency services.

In order to realize further efficiencies, the boards of commissioners at each district have decided to formally pursue full integration of our resources and have directed staff to develop a plan leading to a merger of the two districts. “There is a lot of work ahead,” said Fire Chief Bret Black. “The community and media can expect plenty of engagement as we capture input, gather information, and put the steps in place to provide even better services by joining forces. Our collective goal is to be as efficient as possible with our resources while continuing to enhance the emer- gency services for our communities.”

East Jefferson Fire Rescue has been providing management services to Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue since May 2021 via an interlocal agreement, which extends to September 1.