Local fire departments teaming together with new agreement

A new partnership between local fire departments means faster response times in an emergency.

A possible new partnership between local fire departments means faster response times in an emergency.

A new mutual aid agreement being developed among fire departments in La Crosse County will have communities assisting each other at no cost.

While the plan is still waiting for formal approval passage means better protection for La Crosse County residents. For example under the proposal La Crosse firefighters could assist with a fire in Onalaska without first having to figure out if there is an agreement with the Onalaska Fire Department.

The La Crosse Fire Department says this will lead to faster response times and less potential for disaster in our area.

“That’s the big step forward, is that now it’s very efficient for us, it’s going to make it easier, and I think the process that the county fire chiefs went through to arrive at this decision is really, you know, is an important step,” says La Crosse Fire Department Chief Gregg Cleveland.

This kind of agreement also has the potential to lead toward a more regional fire service which could save taxpayers money.