Wisconsin fire department already dealing with equipment issues now facing staffing shortage

  • Source: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee
  • Published: 06/12/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part. “The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that’s the bright side,” said Mollet. “Our fear is that we are going to be up here talking about this because someone got hurt or killed.” Worse yet, Menomonee Falls village trustees said they had no idea this was happening. “How does it get to the point where it gets to Facebook to bring this to the attention of us rather than other channels?” asked Trustee Jeremy Walz. The assistant chief said long-term concerns are brought forward, but without a fire chief heading up the Menomonee Falls Fire Department, little action was taken. Mollet said they already know they will be short-staffed this summer, and it has been brought to village leaders including Police Chief Anna Ruzinski, who acts as the head of the fire department. So far, no changes have been made.


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