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Consolidated Fire Services in Milwaukee County's South Shore

A combination of rising fixed costs and declining state aids – combined with an inability to fully apply the provisions of Wisconsin Act 10 to police and fire personnel – has prompted several municipal leaders in Milwaukee County to explore the possibility of sharing or consolidating public safety services with neighboring communities as a means of possibly reducing costs while maintaining or improving service levels.  At the request of several of those leaders from the southern part of the county, the Public Policy Forum has recently published reports on possible fire service consolidation in Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, and Oak Creek, and on possible public safety dispatch consolidation in the South Shore communities of Cudahy, South Milwaukee, and St. Francis. In this report, we tackle the possibility of fire service consolidation in the three South Shore communities.

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