Automatic aid agreement spurred quick response, helped with rescue efforts in Raytown fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Working together saved lives.

The Kansas City, Mo. and Raytown Fire Departments have an automatic aid agreement.  That agreement basically allows the two departments to work together seamlessly.

In Sunday's fire, Deputy Chief Mike Hunley from the Raytown Fire Department says the automatic aid agreement helped to save lives because it got a lot of help to the scene faster from both departments.

"If there's a call that comes out, irrespective of where it is, they're going to send the closest unit there is- no matter what," said James Garrett, Battalion Chief for the Kansas City, Mo. Fire Department.

"We would not have rescued those people the other night, without Kansas City's assistance, and there's a good possibility we would have lost a fire fighter," said Raytown Fire Department Deputy Chief, Mike Hunley.

According to Deputy Chief Hunley, the two departments have had this agreement since 2009.

In 2012, they took it a step further by having all fire emergencies dispatched through the Kansas City Dispatch Center.

Other communities in the area also participate in automatic aid.