Departmental Weekly Update

Weekly Summary
  • A month long training exercise that resulted in over 1,500 firefighters and command officers being trained over 42 sessions on high rise fire suppression operations concluded this week. Battalion Chief Toby Carlson was one of the lead instructors for the county wide training. Training included review of a new county-wide operating procedure, implementation of standardized equipment and tasks and practical evolutions that put firefighters and command officers in high-rise fire scenarios in an actual high rise building in Wauwatosa.
  • Milwaukee County EMS released data it submitted to the CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Registry. This is the first time Milwaukee County has been released to CARES. This nation-wide initiative allows communities to benchmark themselves against others in cardiac arrest survival and learn from communities with high survival rates. North Shore data shows that the Department is right in line with national trends, but that bystander CPR rates could be improved upon. Communities with higher than average bystander CPR rates traditionally have higher cardiac arrest survival rates. The Department continues to focus public education efforts on improving bystander CPR education in the communities served.
  • Two new firefighters will be sworn in on Monday May 8 at 7:30 AM at Station 81 in Brown Deer. The firefighters begin their recruit training immediately following the swearing in. Look for a introduction of our newest members next week.
  • The Board of Director's Long Range Financial Planning Committee met on Thursday May 4 and discussed the Department's facility needs and options for financing those needs. The Committee will meet again in June to prepare a series of recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • The Department, in conjunction with the Bayside Communications Center and the seven North Shore Police Departments, will conduct a major upgrade of the computer aided dispatch system and records management system on Monday May 8.
  • One person was injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle in a single vehicle rollover accident on April 30 in the 7200 Block of I-43.
Calls for Service This Week

Incident Type
Incident Count
Weekly Average (2015 & 2016)
Emergency Medical
Weekly Average (2015 & 2016)

Priority 1 & 2 Calls
Meeting Response Goal of 7:02
(goal of 90%)
Average Response Time
Priority 1 & 2 Calls
5 minutes 19 seconds
(goal of 6 minutes)

*Priority 1 & 2 calls are calls for service which the Department sends an initial responding unit to a scene with lights and sirens operating. Priority 3 calls are responses that are considered non-emergent.
Documents of Interest

2017 Department Strategic Plan 

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