concept of conducting a Fire/EMS study began the several community administrators in the
Lake Country area approached County Executive Paul Farrow about studying consolidated fire and EMS
service areas within Waukesha County. The administrators believed that, working together, area communities
would be able to find ways to maintain or improve Fire/EMS services while
identifying potential cost savings. After talking with the administrators, Waukesha County identified municipalities with which we began a conversation about
funding a study. In late 2015, the County Executive included $50,000 in his 2016 Executive County Budget to fund the county’s
portion of the study to be augmented by contributions from local
municipalities. In November 2015, the
Waukesha County Board overwhelmingly passed the County budget, and the funding
for the Fire/EMS Study. In May of 2016, following an RFP process, the consulting contract for the study was awarded to Fitch and Associates LLC.
Why focus on Lake Country?
for not including all Waukesha County municipalities in a single study was
two-fold. First, Waukesha
County has varying levels of fire and EMS service. The communities the county engaged have similar
service levels or natural geographic associations. The second reason is cost. County Executive Farrow
included $50,000 for a consolidated Fire/EMS study, enough money to include a portion, but not all of Waukesha County in the study.
What communities have agree to participate and fund the study?
of Oconomowoc, Town of Delafield, Town of Lisbon, Town of Merton, Town of
Oconomowoc, Village of Merton, Village of Hartland, Village of Pewaukee,
Village of Summit, and the Village of Sussex.
May a community that did not contribute funds toward the study still
Yes. Our goal is to improve the safety of county
residents. We are hopeful that all
communities in the targeted area will participate in the study by meeting with
the consultant and providing useful information regardless of their level of
Will additional communities be included in a future study?
On September 22, 2016, the County Executive introduced the 2017 Waukesha County Executive Budget to the County Board. The 2017 Budget includes a provision allocating $50,000 of funding to provide follow-up analysis from the 2016 report or fund studies for newly participating municipalities. The budget assumes that municipalities participating in any future studies would help cover the cost of those studies. Please note that funding for future studies is contingent upon this provision being included in the final version of the budget passed by the County Board at its November 8, 2016 budget meeting.
Who do I contact with questions?
If you have
any questions about the study or the timeline, please visit the Waukesha County Fire Study Page or you may contact the following
Lundie, Chief of Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Bell, Director of Emergency Preparedness, email@example.com
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