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Wausau wants to merge fire department with surrounding areas

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Wausau city leaders are launching a new effort to consolidate fire and EMS services in the Wausau Metro area.

The city is armed with a 156-page review and study to make the case for the change. 

Mayor Jim Tipple says merging five metro fire departments will shorten response times and save money long-term.

Rib Mountain's Town Administrator spoke to Newsline 9 on the phone and says she thinks it's a great idea for the communities to work together. But the change could face an uphill battle.

Rothschild just recently said no to a police merger with Weston.

"We're already convinced that this is a good idea, we've already taken efforts and steps to make sure that this kind of cooperative partnership approach to fire and EMS happens," Weston Village Administrator, Daniel Guild.

"It's all about response time with responding to fires and EMS services, you can see in the report that response times are very favorable you can always improve upon them but certainly our residents want quick response and they're willing to pay for it," said Mayor of Wausau Jim Tipple.

Newsline 9 was unable to reach leaders in Schofield and Rothschild.

Meanwhile, Mayor Tipple has invited city officials to a meeting September 19th to discuss what he's recommending.

The mayor's study of the merger is available on the city's web site.  

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