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Welcome From The Chief
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I am proud to welcome you to the website for the Wauwatosa Fire Department. I hope that you take a few moments to view the many pages that make up the site. In doing so, it will become clear that the Wauwatosa Fire Department not only has a rich history of service to the community for 110 years, but also represents a progressive and professional approach to emergency response, public education, and prevention. The men and women of the Wauwatosa Fire Department are dedicated to protect the community, its citizens, and visitors with courage and integrity. It is because of this dedication that the Wauwatosa Fire Department is so highly regarded.

The department is staffed with 100 personnel who function as a highly trained cohesive team to provide vital services to this diverse community. As the emergency services industry has grown, so have the demands on this department. We now assume an “all-hazards” approach in order to best serve the community. Therefore, in addition to fighting fires, the organization and our paramedic program is at the pinnacle of emergency medical services as a member of the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services System. Also, in keeping with new challenges of the 21st century, and in partnership with our neighboring fire departments, the department staffs and equips a Hazardous Materials Team, a Technical Rescue Team (high angle rope rescue), a Swift Water Rescue Team (For the Menomonee River during floods), and a Fire Investigation Team.

We thank the Police and Fire Commission, Mayor Ehley, the Aldermen, and Administrator Archambo for their continued support, which allows us to provide the best services. We also value our excellent relationships with the other departments in the City, allowing us to work in the context of the larger City team to maximize efficiencies in providing for the needs of the citizens. Similarly, our mutual aid and automatic aid agreements with our neighboring fire departments and other regional collaborations serve to enhance our ability to respond to the wide variety of emergencies that we regularly encounter. Most of all, we thank you – the members of the public. It is our intent to continue to exceed your expectations in the services you receive from our organization and its members. After all, you are the reason we serve.

As we move forward, we pledge to stay abreast of new technologies and techniques to further improve services, to seek-out creative solutions to issues that arise, to communicate to the public regarding our activities, and to continue to meet our mission to protect life, property and the environment by providing services that make a positive difference every day.

Your feedback is important to us. I hope that you find our web site informative and entertaining. As you review the many pages on the site, I invite you to offer suggestions for the site and/or for the department – you may do so using the Email the Chief function on this web site or by calling the department at (414) 471-8490.

Yours in safety,
Chief Rob Ugaste

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