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Meeting scheduled to discuss new fire district

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WESTON (WAOW) -

Elected officials from the Town of Rib Mountain and the Village of Weston will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss their intentions to create a new fire and emergency medical services department.

According to a news release sent out last week, the new public safety department will be called the South Area Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R) district. Officials say the new district is scheduled to be created by charter later this month. The district will provide firefighting and emergency medical response services to the two communities.

Both village and town officials say a single entity would provide more cost-effective, efficient and expanded firefighting and EMS services.

But taxpayers say this proposal is concerning. Many say they plan to voice their opinion at tonight's meeting. This is the first time the proposal is being discussed with public input.

The meeting will be held at the Rib Mountain Public Safety building. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

During the meeting officials say they will review the SAFER charter document and hold a public hearing on the Fire/EMS service cooperation plan. If approved, the communities will select representatives to serve on the SAFER governing board. SAFER would begin operations on January 1, 2014.

Newsline 9 will update this story as more details become available.

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