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Posted on: February 7, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Stevens Point Fire Newest Member of Metro Fire District

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The Metro Fire District will consist of Village of Whiting, Village of Plover, and the City of Stevens Point. All departments will remain separate & independent organizations; however, they respond together as if they were one organization.

On February 9, 2011, the Stevens Point Fire Department officially became the newest member of the Metro Fire District. The Metro Fire District will then consist of the Village of Whiting, the Village of Plover, and the City of Stevens Point. All fire departments will remain separate and independent organizations; however, they respond together within the District as if they were one organization. Internal protocols have been established to determine what fire trucks and firefighters are sent from which station.

The Plover Fire Department and the Whiting Fire and Rescue Department joined forces to enhance services within their two Villages on September 1, 2008. The new “fire district” then encompassed these two municipalities. This fire district was officially titled as the Metropolitan Portage County Fire Protection District or “Metro Fire” for short. This title was purposefully chosen to invite expansion in the future.

Being part of Metro Fire addresses several concerns the individual departments have by:
• Increasing the number of available firefighters for all incidents.
• Increasing the number of first-arriving fire trucks.
• Elimination of the delay in the current automatic aid agreements, which will mean faster response to the scene of a fire.
• Providing a safer working environment for the firefighters.
• Merging fire pre-plans and conducting joint fire inspections and investigations.

Metro Fire’s goal is to respond to any structure fire by sending a minimum of seventeen firefighters and four fire engines within minutes of receiving the call. This goal was almost unattainable if the departments had not merged.

Other benefits to members of Metro Fire and the public include:
• A potential improvement in each municipality’s Insurance Services Office fire ratings. This could reduce insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses.

• Reducing the number of fire apparatus member departments will need, resulting in reduced maintenance costs.
• Sharing of resources, which will reduce the need for many capital purchases.
• Increased leverage when applying for financial assistance, grants, etc.

The end result is a better and more cost-effective service to the public, safer conditions for firefighters, and better intergovernmental and interdepartmental cooperation.

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