Wallowa County needs to be involved in lake firefighting dispute
For quite some time now the Wallowa Lake Fire District Board of Directors and the Joseph Fire Department have been at odds over the lake’s firefighting contract. The city fire department has a contract to provide the district’s fire coverage. But for the past two years at least, when the contract comes up for renewal, the two sides have struggled to settle their differences.
The two sides have been at a stalemate. This year, with no firefighters to take up a fire battle should one occur, the district’s board largely went AWOL. The district, it seems, is down to a taxing district but no one to oversee anything, to fight fire, care for the fire hall, take care of equipment. The contract remains unsettled, but the Joseph Fire Department says it won’t leave the lake area without fire service.