Collaboration between area fire departments moves forward

Several area fire departments met Thursday to discuss ways they can collaborate to improve services to the public.

Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen hosted the meeting that brought together members of the West Salem, Holmen, Medary, Campbell, and Onalaska fire departments.

One of the major efforts from the meeting-establishing mutual aid agreements between departments. 

"I think we’re on the right path and the next time we’re going to meet with the electeds and the fire chiefs. I think, you know, we’ll take those baby steps if you will, and because of that, La Crosse County is going to be a safer place to live," said Mayor Chilsen. 

Several other issues between departments were discussed including the possibility of bulk purchase of some fire fighting equipment and possible cross training.

The group is expected to meet again sometime in September. 

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