City explores full-time fire service option | Health
The City of Sun Prairie is exploring a change in its firefighting service to move away from a volunteer crew to a full-time department.
Mayor John Murray said the city council made a decision to apply for a safer grant through FEMA that would help transition the hybrid-volunteer type of program to a city-run program.
With the model in place now, Murray said there is a significant delay in response times during non-paid hours, which can be 7-9 minutes. He said it’s not a criticism of the firefighters but a circumstance of the volunteer program.
Tory Strauss, the Sun Prairie volunteer fire chief, confirmed to News 3 that the city was no longer negotiating with the fire board. He said the volunteer firefighters are a contracted service, which is up at the end of the year. The volunteer fire board has a meeting scheduled next week to consider its options, but Strauss said the volunteers would like to continue serving the city.