More Positions Could Be Coming To Beaver Dam Fire Department

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission Tuesday night began initial discussions on the possible funding of eight new positions in the fire department. The hiring’s are among the recommendations in a study unveiled earlier this year on staffing and the construction of a northside substation. Fire Chief Alan Mannel told the commission that the deadline to get a referendum question on the November ballot would be August 25th. Last night’s agenda indicated that the PFC could take action on making “funding recommendations” to the common council. The mayor submitted several questions about the project and PFC Chair Jeff Kohman invited commissioners to submit their own questions noting that some research may be needed. The PFC is expected to meet again in two weeks to address the questions. The eight positions recommended in the study include six personnel to staff a third ambulance around the clock along with a dedicated fire inspector and a training chief. The study indicated that in 2017 there were 354 times that the first two ambulances were out at the same time; in 2018 that increased to 425 times. Mannel says that there are too many instances when his department is not properly staffed to perform the job that citizens expect. The study also recommends building a substation / training facility in the area of Ganske Road/ County B, west of Highway 151, to help with response on the north side of the city. While he feels a northside substation would benefit the community, Mannel says he is not asking the community to fund the new facility yet, saying that staffing is an immediate need for public safety.