PORT TOWNSEND: Mill pulls out of negotiations with fire district

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PORT TOWNSEND — The long-standing relationship between the Port Townsend Paper Corp. and Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 6 has come to a screeching halt.

Plant Manager Stan Cupp pulled out of negotiations for a fire service contract last Friday in an e-mail to District Administrator Mike Eliason.

Mill spokesperson Chuck Madison cited two reasons for the decision — talks had been dragging on since December and the parties couldn't agree on which should pay for ambulance transports for emergency response at the mill.

Fire District No. 6 depends on the emergency medical transport provided by Fire District No. 1 in Chimacum and the Port Townsend Fire District.

The paper corporation wanted the cost of that service included in a flat $14,000 fee it would pay Fire District No. 6 for fire protection services.

Fire commissioners said they couldn't do that legally.

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