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Sun Prairie comes to agreement with volunteer firefighters

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Sun Prairie is a step closer to transitioning to a full-time fire department.

The city and the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department signed a new two-year contract Monday, with an option for a third year. The deal puts firefighters at the station from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

In July, Sun Prairie's city council voted to move from a volunteer to a professional fire department. But members reconsidered following a petition drive to save the volunteers. Sun Prairie Fire Chief Tory Strauss says, "We've all worked hard, both sides. We've put a lot of time, a lot of energy and I commend everyone from the city and everybody from our fire department, both, for the amount of time we've put in."

City officials say the ultimate goal is to have personnel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The deal also includes creating a fire advisory committee, which will hire a consultant to study the best way to move forward with a full-time station.

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