• Frequently Asked Questions: Fire/EMS Study


  • About the Study:

    The 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?

    The reason 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?

    The City 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 participate?

    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 funding. 


    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, which passed the County Board by a vote of 24-0, 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.  Any future study or studies would commence following the completion of the original 2016 Fire/EMS study.          


    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 individuals:

    Shawn Lundie, Chief of Staff, slundie@waukeshacounty.gov
    Gary Bell, Director of Emergency Preparedness, gbell@waukeshacounty.gov