3/7/17 – The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved a new five-year contract between the Beaver Dam Fire Department and the five townships that contract services with the city. The townships of Calamus, Lowell, Westford, Trenton and Beaver Dam comprise the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association. Council President Jon Litscher commended those involved in the negotiations. The agreement requires the townships to pay a portion of water rescue equipment, a sticking point throughout negotiations. Township officials contended right up until the vote that state statute places the responsibility of water rescue at the county level but nonetheless agreed to pay 25-percent of the upgrade cost – which is $55-thousand dollars, split five-ways and payable over five years beginning in 2018. The townships will be reimbursed 25-percent if the county contributes to water rescue or if other grants and donations are realized.