Village of Bellevue votes to move forward with fire department merger
BELLEVUE, Wis. (WFRV) The Village of Bellevue unanimously passed a motion on Wednesday to negotiate a fire department merger agreement with the City of Green Bay.
In January, the Bellevue Fire and Rescue Department transitioned to being staffed 24/7. Currently, the department employs nine full-time and 24 part-time firefighters.
Reflective of the statewide trend, the part-time staffing for the department has declined in recent years.
In March, the Bellevue Fire Chief resigned and the Fire Commission appointed the City of Green Bay to provide interim chief services.
Since March, the Village Board says it has been contemplating the future of the Bellevue Fire and Rescue Department. The have considered the departments response time, staffing, quality of services, community identity, and fiscal impact of a merger and compared with the same factors of remaining an independent fire department.
Bellevue Administrator Diane Wessel says, “Ultimately, the Village Board determined that a merger will provide the best protection of life and property and is the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars in providing these services. This is evidenced through the modeling of response times, staffing levels, and a thorough fiscal analysis of operations and capital needs.”
The Village says there is much left to be determined before the merger takes place. Rescue services in the Village of Bellevue are currently contracted through County Rescue through December 31,
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BELLEVUE, Wis. (WBAY) - Bellevue village leaders voted unanimously Wednesday to consider a merger with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
Bellevue has its own fire department with 9 full-time and 24 part-time employees and it’s contracted with County Rescue for rescue services through It started 24/7 staffing in January (see related story).
Village Administrator Diane Wessel says the village board has been looking at the future of the fire department since March. It’s been studying response times, staffing, costs, quality of service and community identity with joining Green Bay Metro Fire Department versus keeping its fire department independent.
Green Bay already provides fire chief services for the village since Bellevue’s fire chief resigned in March.
“Ultimately, the village board determined that a merger will provide the best protection of life and property and is the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars in providing these services," Wessel wrote.
The village board’s vote is not the final decision on the matter. Wessel said there’s more to be determined before a merger.
The Village of Allouez, which also borders Bellevue, consolidated its fire department with the City of Green Bay in November, , forming the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
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BELLEVUE, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is adding the village of Bellevue to its service area. Village and city leaders signed an agreement during a ceremony Friday afternoon merging their two fire departments.
The merger takes effect on January 1, Nine of Bellevue’s full-time staff will join the ranks of the GBMFD, while 22 paid on-call staff have to option to apply for openings in the department.
“We’ll have six openings at the end of the year, I’m hoping. Through the action of our police and fire commission, they have allowed the part time staff that meet our qualifications to go to the front of the line I’ll call it for the interview,” said Green Bay Metro Fire Chief David Litton. “We hope to hire them to fill those spots, although it’s not a guarantee.”
City and village leaders worked on the agreement for the last six months. Chief Litton said the goals of the merger are to provide better service and response times.
“If there is a working structure fire here, our response to that is four fire engines, a ladder truck, two ambulances and a battalion chief. Twenty-four personnel will be here in under 9 minutes every single time. That is not the case today,” Litton said.
The agreement was signed at Bellevue’s Fire Station 1, which will eventually be known as Green Bay Metro Fire Station 9.
Bellevue village leaders say with the merger, Fire Station 2 along Allouez Avenue will no longer need to be replaced saving the village nearly $4 million.
“That Allouez fire station will be closest to that, plus the Green Bay locations off of Mason,” said Bellevue Village President, Steve Soukup. “We will take that building and convert it to something else.”
The Village of Allouez, which also borders Bellevue, consolidated with the Green Bay Fire Department in November, , forming the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
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Merger Finalized Between Green Bay, Bellevue Fire Departments
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich (R) and Bellevue Village President Steve Soukup (L) sign documents during a merger ceremony between the two departments on November 13th, (WTAQ/Rob Sussman)
BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) –The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is growing a little bit larger.
Documents were signed Friday afternoon by Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Bellevue Village President Steve Soukop to merge the Village of Bellevue’s fire department with their larger neighbor.
“We are proud to be merging with every single member of the Bellevue Fire Department,” Green Bay Fire Chief Dave Litton said during the ceremony. “Bringing on their full time staff into their ranks is very important to us.”
The Bellevue Fire Department’s full-time staff along with their equipment will become part of Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Bellevue Fire Station #1 will become Green Bay Metro Fire Station #9. Part-time staff will get a chance to compete for several open full-time positions at GBMFD.
Litton says the merger will improve response times in the village.
“If there is a working structure fire, our response to that is four fire engines, a ladder truck, two ambulances and a battalion chief,” explained Litton. “24 personnel will be here in under 9 minutes, every single time. That is not the case today.”
The improved response time is not a one-way street, however. The Bellevue Fire Station can also respond to certain areas in the City of Green Bay faster than any current Green Bay fire station.
“They can get into the I business park, they can get into McAullife Park…faster or as fast as some of our other stations,” said Litton.
Bellevue’s second fire station, long in need of repair, will be decommissioned with service provided instead by the nearby Allouez Fire Station–Green Bay Metro Fire Station #8. The Allouez Fire Department merged with Green Bay Metro Fire in a similar manner back in
As with the Allouez merger, firefighters and equipment operating out of the soon-to-be Station #9 will still maintain the Bellevue Fire Department’s logos and livery.
The merger will be official January 1st of next year.
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