Good things can happen when people, and communities, work together. That’s why there is much excitement about a new mutual aid agreement being developed among fire departments in La Crosse County. The plan still awaits formal approval, but it appears destined for passage, and that is good news for all of us living in La Crosse County. Passage of this agreement means better protection for La Crosse County residents. Because once this deal is done, La Crosse firefighters can help fight fires in Onalaska or other communities, without first having to figure out whether we have a deal with them. No money changes hands, and issues of legal liability are covered. If they need a tanker in a neighboring community, La Crosse can send one, and quickly. That means faster response times, and that means less potential for disaster. Of course, La Crosse will not only be providing help, but potentially receiving it from neighboring communities as well. This cuts through all the red tape to benefit everyone in La Crosse County. That is a big deal. It may also be the first step toward a more regional fire service, which could save taxpayers money. This historic agreement is to be applauded, as our politicians finally figured out a way to work together, without just worrying what is in it for them.