Thiensville Fire Department
By Van Mobley
Thiensville Village President
At Monday's Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting, the Thiensville Fire Department informed us that the number of volunteer and paid-on-call firefighters we have to protect the Village of Thiensville has declined to alarming levels.
The fire and EMS personnel we have do a great job, but we don't have enough of them. The few we have are burning out. We must spend some time focusing on the brave men and women who put themselves at risk, if need be, to keep us safe.
What can you do to help? First and foremost, if you have the energy and commitment required to serve your community as a paid-on-call volunteer, join the Thiensville Fire Department. Chief Brian Reiels and Assistant Chief Joel Deutsch will welcome you with eager arms and get you started. Serving in the Thiensville Fire Department is one of the best ways Thiensville residents have to serve our community. I strongly urge you to join the Thiensville Fire Department. Click here for more information.
Next, pay attention when a study concerning the fire departments throughout Ozaukee County is released this upcoming week. All the Ozaukee County fire departments face serious staffing shortages. I look forward to scrutinizing the report carefully and will direct Village staff to put a link to it on our Village website as soon as possible. You should study it as well.
Third, after we all have had a bit of time to digest the report presented by the Thiensville Fire Department Monday night, as well as the larger report about the various Ozaukee County fire departments that will be issued next week, I will ask that the Village Board establish dates for a series of public information meetings and hearings. These meetings will help the Thiensville Board and residents figure out what to do to make sure when Thiensville residents have a medical emergency or a fire that they receive all necessary care.
Providing such services is one of the Village's core missions. To perform it requires focus, sacrifice and commitment. I am sure that together we will remain up to the task.
Have a great weekend -- and say a prayer for the Thiensville Fire Department. It will be first in my thoughts and prayers in the coming week.
CLICK HERE to view Assistant Fire Chief Joel Deutsch's slide show.