Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire supporters fight to halt city takeover

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 10:43pm

Donning "proud supporter" t-shirts, dozens of residents packed Sun Prairie City Hall, Tuesday night, to back the area's volunteer fire department.

Earlier this month, the city approved a plan to disband the department. The Sun Prairie City Council voted to change to a combined fire and EMS department, that would be run by the city. The main reason beyond the plan is to reduce response times.

Right now, the volunteer fire department is petitioning to keep their department. So far, the petition has over 350 signatures on Supporters say the cost of a city-run department is too expensive.

According to the city, a city-run combined fire and EMS department will cost around $400,000 more than what it currently costs to run the volunteer department.

The volunteer fire department is also currently putting together their own cost estimate and hopes to soon present it to city council.

"What we're trying to get out of this is a fair shake; to have them listen to our numbers and what we can do for the city and what it would cost for us to continue service for them” says Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tory Strauss.

The city's current agreement with the volunteer fire department ends on December 31, 2013. The new plan would take effect on the first of next year.

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