The Hartland Fire Department is embarking on a strategic planning process. It will develop strategies to meet the challenges facing the department staffing, hiring challenges, and physical space to accommodate a growing department.
It's expected to be complete by March of 2024.
"Continuing increases in service demands is driving change and growth within the fire department," according to Hartland Fire Chief Dave Jambretz. "We are seeing increases in both the number of and complexity of incidents. We currently staff three full-time firefighter, paramedics that run on a 24 to 48 rotation along with part-time and paid-on-call personnel. The number of part-time firefighters that live in the village has decreased, causing us to rely on firefighters that live outside of the village to respond, or back staff the station."
The Village of Hartland has mutual aid agreements which provide more depth in coverage, but also places a responsibility on the Village of Hartland to assist neighboring communities when they request assistance. There are times, due to staffing availability, that the Village of Hartland is unable to reciprocate to a mutual aid request from a neighboring department.
The goal of the Hartland Fire Department is to improve the services and create a path going forward.