Proud History, Promising Future
The City of West Allis Fire Department has evolved to become one of the most technologically advanced, forward-thinking, and well-respected public safety agencies in the state of Wisconsin.
Currently, the West Allis Fire Department protects a population of ~60,000 people in 11.4 square miles. The Department operates around-the-clock with three shifts of personnel overseen by a Battalion Chief and responded to 9,695 calls for service in 2016. Daily staffing provides for seven fire companies consisting of three four-person engines; one four-person aerial ladder truck; and three two-person paramedic units. The West Allis Fire Department operates under shared services agreements with five other Milwaukee County fire departments, including the City of Milwaukee, to provide functional consolidation of firefighting, rescue, EMS and special operations services.
All members of the Department are minimally state licensed emergency medical technicians, and 74 are state-licensed paramedics. The City of West Allis’ Fire Department is governed by Wisconsin Statutes §62.13 wherein a Board of Police and Fire Commissioners (hereafter referred to as “the Board”) consisting of five citizens is appointed by the Mayor.
Since 2003, the West Allis Fire Department has been awarded Accredited Agency status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), one of only 234 agencies to achieve this status worldwide.