Council moves to create joint fire/EMS department in Lake Mills

  • Source: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent
  • Published: 12/21/2022 07:33 AM

The Lake Mills City Council voted to create a unified fire and EMS department, taking a step forward after a year of murky debate on the future of EMS service in the city. Alders voted 3-1, with one abstention, to have the City Manager blueprint the new service model, which will entail hiring four new full-time staffers while continuing to rely heavily on volunteer and paid-on-premise responders. The chosen model would use full time staffers during the weekdays, and depend on volunteers and paid-on-premise staff for evenings, weekends and calls that require additional hands on deck. Alder Steve Fields abstained from the vote because he is a volunteer with Lake Mills EMS, a potential conflict of interest. Alder Catherine Bishop voted against the proposal.


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