Beaver Dam PFC Recommends Scaled Back Referendum To Hire Paramedics

(Beaver Dam) A referendum to fund new positions in the Beaver Dam Fire Department will be going to the common council after all, after the city’s Police and Fire Commission last (Tuesday) night advanced that recommendation, but with a change. An initial recommendation by the PFC would have asked voters to fund eight new positions: six personnel to staff a third ambulance around the clock along with a dedicated fire inspector and a training chief. The PFC rescinded that recommendation earlier this month but brought back the item last night. The commission ultimately approved sending a recommendation to the common council to fund six firefighter paramedics, not eight. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a study released earlier this year on staffing and the construction of a northside substation; the second station would not be part of the referendum. Fire Chief Alan Mannel wants to see the council sign-off on the referendum before August 25th, the deadline to get a question on the November ballot.