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Fire consolidation with Village of Pewaukee?

The Village of Pewaukee is “bothered” by the costs associated with their Fire and EMS Services through the City of Pewaukee, according to President Calder. They’ve decided to start looking elsewhere, beginning with nearby fire consolidation talks.

“But I look at the rate history -- in 2004, we paid $1,740 per call. Our new rate is $5,796 a call. You look at the challenges we have with our budget and you look at this total amount… that is a significant part of our budget,” President Calder said.

The Village of Pewaukee currently contracts those services to the City of Pewaukee Fire Department. While the board made it clear that there are in no way complaints over the quality of services, they are concerned by the costs.

“I think we need to take a serious look, at possibly some options or thinking outside of the box, to see what we might be able to do and look at what could help save this community.”

Many of the board members would like to think outside of the box and into the Lake Country Fire & Rescue. LCFR already focuses around the City of Delafield and the Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. The Lake Country Reporter recently highlighted other potential fire consolidation talks with the City Oconomowoc, Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland.

Check out Tuesday's Reporter for more information.

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