Wauwatosa Fire Receives Intergovernmental Cooperation Award
The "closest unit responds" approach leads to quicker response times
At the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s annual Salute to Local Government luncheon on June 25, 2019, the award for Intergovernmental Cooperation will be awarded to seven local fire departments, including Wauwatosa.
The award is for improving Fire/EMS capabilities in Milwaukee Region and is being awarded to North Shore, Milwaukee, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, St. Francis, and Oak Creek Fire Departments.
When an emergency occurs, the public needs help as quickly as possible and has little concern for whether responders are employed by their municipality. In the case of fire and emergency medical services in Milwaukee County, municipal boundaries used to get in the way of getting the closest, most appropriate responder to a fire/rescue emergency.
That changed with a new memorandum of understanding in 2014 that sets the stage for Milwaukee and participating suburbs to assist each other in responding. To be operational, changes were required in training, technology, operational procedures, and organizational culture. After months of hard work and collaboration, the “closest unit responds” approach is now in full implementation, with departments crossing borders several times a day to ensure use of the closest, most appropriate resources, regardless of boundaries.
Congratulations to our Fire Department for improving service and efficiency.