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New Weston, Rib Mountain fire service set to start Jan. 1

New district combines two municipal departments

11:48 PM, Dec. 10, 2013
Rib Mountain Fire Chief Paul Wirth (left) discusses the new South Area Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) district with Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilahn Tuesday evening at the Rib Mountain Town Hall. Wirth will be the SAFER district's new chief. Meilahn will be deputy chief.
Rib Mountain Fire Chief Paul Wirth (left) discusses the new South Area Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) district with Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilahn Tuesday evening at the Rib Mountain Town Hall. Wirth will be the SAFER district's new chief. Meilahn will be deputy chief.
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A new fire district combining the Rib Mountain and Weston fire departments is on track to begin operations by Jan. 1.

Rib Mountain Fire Chief Paul Wirth, who was appointed in October as chief of the South Area Fire and Emergency Response - or SAFER - District, said the fire department identification number has been assigned, the official name has been registered, and the new department is close to having a full roster of firefighters.

"With a full roster being between 75 and 80, we're at about 69, 70-ish," Wirth told members of the SAFER board and SAFER Commission. Both groups met Tuesday evening ...

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