The decision to have one Fire Department responded over another was primarily based upon the understanding that the department in question (in my original post, the Village of Alpha's department) did not have qualified personnel to respond nor did they have certified equipment to respond with. This was, in fact, incorrect.
The closest Fire Department to the incident did have qualified personnel standing by with a certified vehicle and equipment.
In my opinion, the three fire departments involved - and the county in which they are situated - must engage in some meaningful negotiation to prevent such an incident from happening again. Everyone involved must also remember that it is the safety and well-being of citizens that is all the primary focus, here!