Beaver Dam Rural Fire Association Contract Extended

(Beaver Dam) Residents in the five townships that contract fire and rescue with the Beaver Dam Fire Department will not see any change in service as a three-year contract that was set to expire yesterday has been extended. The townships of Beaver Dam, Lowell, Westford, Trenton and Calamus comprise the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association, and at their meeting last week a lot of progress was made in negotiating the next three-year contract but it will be at least six more weeks before a vote is cast. The city offered at the meeting to extend the contract until the end of February and the rural fire association agreed by consensus. Association Chair Tom Stebbins says residents in the five townships will continue to get the same service they have had. Billing remains one of the sticking points in the proposed three-year contract. The city wants to charge the townships a flat rate for ambulance calls determined by calculating 15-years’ worth of calls. Township officials want to continue paying on a per-call basis. The other major sticking point, shared costs for water rescue equipment, has been resolved as the townships this past week agreed to pay 25-percent of upgrade costs. The townships are preparing a counteroffer that will be voted on in February.