Automatic aid and coordinated response and training agreement

Type of Jurisdictions Involved

City

Village

Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Village of Plover;
  • Village of Whiting;
  • City of Stevens Point

County

Portage

Region

Central

Type of Agreement

Automatic aid and coordinated response and training agreement

Implementation and Incubation

  • 2005 - Village of Plover and Village of Whiting developed a single engine company automatic-aid agreement for all structure fires after existing for a period with independent departments
  • 2008 - Comprehensive automatic-aid agreement to all types of incidents across municipal and governmental jurisdictions - called Metropolitan Portage County Fire District - METRO
  • 2009 - City of Stevens Point requested inclusion in the METRO Fire District
  • 2011 - METRO agreement expanded to all three jurisdictions

Factors Involved

  • Improve service delivery
  • Reduce service delivery costs

Benefits

  • Reduced maintenance costs from the elimination of one truck from fleet
  • Reduction in ISO rating of the Village of Whiting
  • Joint training throughout year has increased service delivery and customer service
  • Joint purchasing and grant writing development has eliminated duplication
  • Improved fire fighter saftey
  • Training improved due to sharing of resources and equipment
  • Increased trust and cooperation between municipalities

Results

Some difficulties included:

  • Territorial feelings
  • Relationships between leaders
  • Consolidating training strategies and tactics
  • Public perception

Project Contact

Dan Mahoney

Village of Plover Administrator

(715) 345-5230

Contact

Dan Mahoney

Village of Plover Administrator

(715) 345-5230

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