Belmont and San Carlos have agreed to disagree after a mediation talk on Friday, with plans under way to pursue separate fire and emergency service departments.
The Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department partnership is slated to dissolve by Oct. 12, according to city officials.
Both cities came to the conclusion during a 10 a.m. mediation held in the San Carlos Police Station inside City Hall.
"The cities acknowledge they did not reach agreement today," the two cities said in a statement. "Due to issues unique to each city, each is now pursuing separate fire services...
"Both cities remain open to regional cooperation with all their neighbors to pursue cost effective, high quality life safety services for their communities."
The meeting was led by Judge Zerne Haning III of JAMS Meditation Services, an Irvine-based dispute resolution provider.