North Shore FD Gambles on Public Safety

As reported on the North Shore Professional Firefighters Association (Local 1440) Facebook page yesterday, as of Sept 17th, the ambulance stationed in the Bayside Firehouse has been reduced to limited daytime staffing, presumably due to budgetary issues according to the post.

The Bayside Station (#85), located at 665 E Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, WI 53217, also houses Engine 85 and Tender 85 according to the NSFD website.

Local 1440 notes that all services to the City of Milwaukee remain uninterrupted, yet service within its own area has been reduced as a result.

Link to post below (unable to embed, presumably due to privacy settings)

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2753662188012601&id=293340434044801

Letter from MFFD Command Staff to Village Pres./Board

On July 23, 2019, Menomonee Falls Fire Dept. Command Staff sent a letter to the Village President and Board, concerning a number of incorrect statements made by then Director of Protective Services, Anna Ruzinski, at an earlier Committee of the Whole meeting on July 15th.

A short while ago, we were provided a copy of that letter, and have struggled with whether or not to post it for public review. It is our understanding that the letter was in part furnished to the local media, and is also, in its entirety, subject to Open Records Requests, and no part is intended to be Confidential.

While most of the letter concerns exact statements made by the DPS, there also exists other relevant information pertinent to the ongoing issues in Menomonee Falls, and as such, we have ultimately decided to post it. It is our hope that providing the additional background information it contains will assist their struggle for transparency and positive changes needed to protect the life and property of the Village and its residents/occupants.

Menomonee Falls Apparatus Update

While one engine was put back into service yesterday, it appears no further progress in returning rigs to service has been made, and Village representatives only have weak excuses and flimsy promises to investigate why they allowed this to happen.

We wanted to provide an update regarding yesterday's post on the lack of in service fire apparatus.As the updated post…

Posted by Menomonee Falls Professional Firefighters Local 3879 on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Menomonee Falls Goes to 0 Fire Apparatus

For about 7 hours today, Menomonee Falls was left with no in service fire apparatus. Any calls for fire service during that time would have only been responded to by automatic/mutual aid requests.

Around 2pm, an engine was finally returned to service.

As would be expected, this has left many village residents on social media outraged and demanding answers of the Village board and manager, as well as other fire service professionals astounded.

No fire engines or ladder trucks in service!!!We hoped it wouldn't get any worse… That dollars and politics wouldn't…

Posted by Menomonee Falls Professional Firefighters Local 3879 on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Menomonee Falls Apparatus Issues Continue

As reported by firefighters, during the day yesterday and into today, Menomonee Falls fire suppression capacity was reduced to one Engine after its only Truck, 2772, was put Out of Service (OOS) over concerns about its aerial ladder, after only returning from prolonged repairs late last week.

The single Engine in service was to be OOS for a short period today to repair a wheel problem as parts were unavailable yesterday, and it was felt emergency service to correct the problem was unwarranted. Any additional fire capabilities needed will sought through automatic aid and early requests for mutual aid.

In order to provide the best response despite these issues, crews from Stations 2 & 4 were relocated to Station 3 over night, so that the single engine and a BLS ambulance were available to respond from a more centralized location. Paramedic ambulances continued to operate out of Stations 1, 3, and 5 as usual.