Waukesha County

Fire/EMS Services Study

Welcome to our webpage dedicated to providing up to date information on Waukesha County’s 2016 Fire/EMS Consolidation Study.

The purpose of the page is to provide the most accurate and current information to all parties to ensure strong and open lines of communication between those of us striving to improve our vital emergency services.

Thank you for your interest in improving the lives and public safety of the citizens of Waukesha County.


Waukesha County Executive


Additional Information 


For any questions relating to the fire study please visit: Fire Study FAQ or contact:

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


Fire/EMS Study Tentative Timeline

(This timeline is tentative and subject to change)

January 4-8: Draft and review RFP (COMPLETED)
February 10: Review of RFP by fire chiefs at Fire Chiefs Association Meeting (COMPLETED)
February 12-15: If necessary, make changes to RFP based on Fire Chief's recommendations (COMPLETED)
February 15-19: Select and invite RFP panel to participate. Suggested panelists:(open to discussion) Gary Bell, Purchasing Representative, two area Fire Chiefs from included municipalities, two Administrators from participating municipalities, a citizen-at-large, and a Waukesha County Board Supervisor (COMPLETED)
March 10: RFP released (COMPLETED)
March 16: RFP questions due (COMPLETED)
April 5 @ 2pm: RFP responses due (COMPLETED)
April: RFP panel review period (COMPLETED)
Mid-April: Interviews of potential consultant (COMPLETED)
May: Consulting contract to be signed (COMPLETED)
Contract awarded to Fitch and Associates LLC (FITCH )
May - July: FITCH conducted a brief introductory kick off meeting
where we had the opportunity to meet with several of the municipal leaders, the County Executive, several fire chiefs, and the dispatch center.
Prior to July 25:
Each of the fire department agencies will receive an Information Data Request (IDR) from FITCH
A request will be made for all of the EMS and Fire Response data from the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system
A request for the Geographic Information System (GIS) data will be made
Autumn 2016: Subsequent to the requested data being received by FITCH, on-site visits will be scheduled to visit each of the agencies and all of the fire stations to conduct structured interviews, direct observations, and validate submitted data to ensure common understanding
Status of requests for data (data received by FITCH Yes/No):
Delafield Fire Department No
Dousman Fire Department No
GIS (Waukesha County) Yes
Hartland Fire Department Yes
Lake Country Fire District No
Lisbon Fire Department Yes
Merton Fire Department No
North Prairie Fire Depart. No
Oconomowoc Fire Depart. No
Okauchee Fire Department No
Pewaukee Fire Department No
Sussex Fire Department No
October 10: FITCH visited and toured individual Fire Stations (COMPLETED)
October 11: FITCH held group session with Fire Chiefs (COMPLETED)
February 1: Meeting with stakeholders to discuss data collection efforts (COMPLETED)
February 20: Project update provided by Director of Emergency Preparedness, Gary Bell, to the Waukesha County Board Executive Committee Meeting, 8:30 am in the Courthouse Room AC130. (PENDING)
Mid-March: Meeting with FITCH and Steering Committee (PENDING)
Winter 2016-2017: Consultant to present materials and findings to Fire Chiefs and Administrators
Winter 2016-2017: Final report due