Village OKs plan to work with neighbors on EMS staffing crisis

Group likely to receive $225,000 for paramedics, could get more because of joint application
Ozaukee Press staff

The Fredonia Village Board voted unanimously Thursday night to create a joint Emergency Medical Services Working Group comprised of the chief executive officer, administrator, fire chief and/or deputy chief from the town and villages of Belgium and Fredonia, in order to address critical issues in response times and staff shortages in emergency services.

Last week, the Ozaukee County Public Safety Committee recommended awarding $1.2 million to the county’s municipalities to hire paramedics over the next year.

Fredonia and Belgium submitted a joint grant application and will receive $225,000 for three paramedic positions. They are eligible to also receive another $100,000 for applying together.

In a memorandum of understanding created by Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Weyker and presented to the board, Weyker outlined how the group will meet monthly, may include other elected officials, and will provide progress updates as well as challenges or considerations to the governing boards of each municipality toward creating a sustainability plan. The plan must be presented to the Ozaukee County Board in May 2023.

Weyker said the memo is an important step.

“If I read the grant correctly, the MOU has to be in place before we get physically get that first check,” he said.  “It’s critical that we get that rolling here.”

Topics to be discussed by the group include finance, staffing, equipment, facilities, administration/management, governance, emergency dispatch, response times, and future growth needs. 

Recommendations from the working group are not binding and only express the group’s intent, states the MOA. They will but “serve as key decision-making data in order to sustain the paramedic level EMS services that will be provided beyond 2025.”



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