The City Council voted Monday to pull out of a 2-year-old partnership with West Covina that had merged the fire departments into the San Gabriel Valley Fire Authority.
Covina Mayor Bob Low, who voted with Councilmen Thomas O'Leary and Gary Coffey to disband the authority, said he hoped the cities could work together amicably to ease the transition.
"Our hope is that we can mutually dissolve this thing and get on with our business," Low said.
Councilmen Chris Lancaster and Henry Morgan opposed the vote. Originally, Covina voted 3 to 2 to merge the departments, but two supporters of the authority have since left the council.
Under the authority's bylaws, one city is required to give one year's notice before pulling out, but the process can be speeded up if both city's agree. West Covina will consider the issue on Monday.