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City explores full-time fire service option
City explores full-time fire service option

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.

(This story has been updated with comments from the city administrator and video.)

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