During a Tuesday morning news conference officials in both cities and the Papillion rural fire district talked about the merger.

Papillion Fire Chief Bill Bowes says the area they will serve includes about 60,000 people.  La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig says it was the most cost efficient option in order to provide the best service for his growing community.

"If La Vista would have started their own fire department we would have had to brought in approximately 24-26 firefighters plus the administration," Kindig said. "By joining Papillion rural and the City of Papillion, we're only hiring 12. Cost to the city savings is probably around $1.8 million by merging instead of having our own."

Bowes say his department now has four fire stations, two in both cities.  He says that should make response time to an incident around four and one half minutes.