Published: Nov 02, 2010 2:58 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 02, 2010 2:01 AM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fire officials are meeting with nearby departments to discuss a possible 'automatic aid' program that would bring more resources to the scene of a fire in less time.

Officials with the North Fort Myers Fire Department met with the Cape Coral Fire Department on Monday to discuss the new venture.

According to the new deal, neighboring departments would dispatch units to a scene automatically depending on distance - this would allow for more firefighters to a scene and in some cases, bringing down response time.

Already North Fort Myers has agreed to the partnership with the Bayshore Fire Department and expect to meet with the city of Fort Myers as well to discuss the options.

Fire officials say the venture would not cost taxpayers any money and would allow them to provide the same service even while fighting crippling budget cuts.