Saving time, saving lives: Why New Berlin firefighters might ask Waukesha for help

CREATED May 21, 2014

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NEW BERLIN -- When it comes to emergencies, every second counts.

That's why New Berlin's fire chief is growing worried about the city's northwest neighborhood.
"The status quo is that it takes eight to nine minutes to get over there," Chief Lloyd Bartrum tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "If you're a citizen of New Berlin, you shouldn't have to wait nine minutes in a life threatening event."
Bartrum has reached out to Waukesha's fire chief Joe Hoffman about a potential agreement for automatic aid; some New Berlin neighborhoods actually sit closer and are more accessible to a Waukesha station.
Chief Bartrum promises the potential agreement would not cost taxpayers and the only cost would be to streamline radio communications.
Chief Hoffman also guaranteed that a proposed agreement would not jeopardize the coverage of Waukesha's communities.