City, county make deal on fire, EMS service

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The agreement calls for each government to pay the other $821.39 each time they respond to a call in the other's jurisdiction.

Gainesville and Alachua County leaders made final a deal Wednesday that will send the closest fire truck or ambulance to critical and life-threatening emergencies, whether the crisis is in the city or county.

A city of Gainesville news release said the agreement calls for each government to pay the other $821.39 each time they respond to a call in the other's jurisdiction.

That agreement became effective Wednesday and will expire Sept. 30, 2019. Until then, city and county officials will continue discussions on the topic, the release said.

Two weeks ago the local governments' long-running joint fire service agreement expired, leaving some county and city residents with a higher chance of losing their homes to a fire and waiting longer for help in a medical emergency.

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