RICHLAND, Wash.- It's been a long time coming, but a new Richland fire station is still far off from breaking ground.
The Richland Fire department has been trying to build a new fire station for nearly a decade in the growing City View area.
The Kennewick Fire Department is working on plans to build a new fire station as well.
Both departments say now is the time to team up and split some of the cost by sharing design and construction plans.
Richland's Fire Chief Grant Baynes says jointly, both stations could see a savings of up to 15-percent.
"If we were a tightly packed city with concentration, then we would be looking at putting more crews into a tighter area. Richland is at about 47 square miles now. We have a lot of ground to cover," said Baynes.
Constructing a new fire station is on the city's high priority list; however, some council members say money should be allocated elsewhere for now, such as on projects that will bring tourists and money into Richland.
Baynes says the department has had the same number of stations and firefighters since 1992.