Flash Flood Watch issued August 20 at 1:33PM CDT expiring August 21 at 9:00AM CDT in effect for: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha
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It’s down to 34 firefighters and urgency is setting in as more people decide the service isn't for them.
"On a scale from one to ten, I would say we're probably at about a 7 or 8 right now,” Benschawel said.
Recruits have to train for 60 hours before they can fight a fire, that's in addition to state training and taking classes at the academy. There is some money for driving to a call, in some departments, but for most it isn't worth the risk.
"If they really want to do it, they're going to, you're going to know right away just by the look on their face, or you're going to want to talk to them a little more,” Benschawel said.
For these two towns, hiring full-time firefighters simply isn't an option.
"Do the math on those salaries, and see how you're going to bust the town's budget terriably, are they going to find an extra $400,000 for salaries? It's not there,” said Kleckner.
Both departments hope more people volunteer to answer the call before the doors close one last time.
Both departments say if the situation gets worse, they'll go to the town council and ask for help.
If that doesn't work, they'll have to look into consolidation.