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Type of Jurisdictions Involved



Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • City of Oconomowoc;
  • Village (formerly Town) of Summit





Type of Agreement

Consolidation of Services

Implementation and Incubation

  • Beginning in 2008 the Summit Fire District and the City of Oconomowoc fire department have shared training of fire fighters as well as a shared 3,500 gallon tanker
  • At this time there were discussions between the Town of Summit and the Village of Oconomowoc Lake about consolidation of fire services
  • In late 2009, the City of Oconomowoc and Town of Summit began construction of a shared 14,000 square foot fire station - new facility allows for the co-location of the potentially merged department to permit jointly serving the Pabst Farm development.
  • In spring 2011 the Town of Summit asked neighboring fire districts to submit consolidation proposals
  • Summit Fire District merged with the Dousman Fire District on Jan. 1, 2013
  • Dousman Fire District entered into a Shared Services agreement on Dec. 29, 2014 with the City of Oconomowoc to jointly respond to fires and emergencies out of the shared fire station at Pabst Farms

Factors Involved

  • Elimination of duplication of services in such close proximity
  • Reduced costs


  • Elimination of duplicate services
  • Reduced capital costs
  • Public safety substations and water/electrical utility monitoring system placed within the fire station - effective budgeting and use of tax and other funding
  • New water station is green built - reduces waste and energy consumption/tax payer dollars
  • Increased service delivery and public safety as a result
  • Multi-functionality in new fire station
  • Enhanced collaboration and cooperation throughout the process
  • Enchanced training capabilities
  • Sustainability, health, and environmental benefits


  • Obstacles included working across different municipalities with different processes and procedures and the financial downturn

Project Contact

Dennis Bednarski

Oconomowoc Utilities

(262) 569-3197

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