Departmental Weekly Update
Department Responds to Three Water Rescues Between July 4 and 6

The Department responded to three water rescues between July 4 and 6. All three rescues were on Lake Michigan, two at Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay and one just north of Atwater Park in Shorewood.

In the first Big Bay Park rescue, a 15 year old boy suffered a puncture wound in his foot from metal rebar that was in the water on the 4th of July. Firefighter/paramedics had to cut the rebar under the water surface to extricate the boy from the water. The boy was transported to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The second call to Big Bay Park occurred on July 6 and was the result of a 16 year old boy being caught in a large wave in the water while swimming and experiencing a loss of consciousness while in the water. The patient was removed from the Lake prior to firefighter/paramedics arrival. The patient was treated by North Shore Fire/Rescue crews on scene and transported to a local hospital.

Also on July 6, three people who were swimming off of a boat in Lake Michigan just north of Atwater Park were swept away from the boat by the water current and could not swim back to the boat. An occupant of the boat called 911 from a cell phone. Firefighter/paramedics were assisted by a lifeguard from Atwater Beach who deployed a rescue board out to the swimmers and returned them to shore. The United States Coast Guard and Milwaukee Fire and Police Rescue Boats assisted in the rescue also.

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Weekly Update
  • All three operational shifts trained on the new ambulance delivered by Horton this week. After some further set-up work, we expect the ambulance to be in service next week.
  • Staff is in the processing of developing a preliminary 2021 Budget for presentation to the Board of Directors in August.
  • The July Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled.
  • Last week's newsletter had a "bad link" connected to pictures of the remodel project at Station 83 in Shorewood. Check out our Facebook Page for those pictures.
Calls for Service This Week
Incident Type
Incident Count
Weekly Average (2019)
Emergency Medical
Weekly Average (2019)
Priority 1 & 2 Calls
Meeting Response Goal of 7:02
(goal of 90%)
Average Response Time
Priority 1 & 2 Calls
5 minutes 31 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.
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