City Of Elma Fire and EMS Annexation

Background

On April 6, 2020, the City of Elma Council voted unanimously to pass a city ordinance to submit to the voters a ballot measure to annex into and become part of Grays Harbor Fire District 5. On April 7, 2020, Fire District 5 commission voted unanimously in favor of a concurrent resolution to submit to the voters a ballot measure to annex the city of Elma into and become part of Grays Harbor Fire District 5.

The City of Elma has several agreements in place with the Fire District. First is a contract to provide Emergency Medical Services to the city. Second, is an Interlocal Agreement for Joint occupancy and operation of the Elma Fire station, and finally, they have an automatic aid agreement for all fire and rescue calls helping provide a safer and more efficient firefighting force to serve the community of the city and the district. The annexation would combine to the fire agencies together eliminating the need for multiple contracts and agreements

Read the full article published by Grays Harbor Fire District 5 explaining the annexation background and proposal being sent to voters for the April 2021 special elections HERE 
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Grays Harbor Fire District 5 and City of Elma Annexation Frequently Asked Questions.

What does it mean to annex to Grays Harbor County Fire District 5?

The area within the city limits becomes part of Fire District 5’s Fire and EMS response jurisdiction. City of Elma property owners would be within the fire district's response area and pay the same Fire/EMS levies that district residents pay to fund Fire and EMS services.