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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
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
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
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