Does every town in the immediate La Crosse area need its own fire department? City leaders in La Crosse are posing that question, as La Crosse and Holmen are preparing to share fire services for a year, if elected leaders approve the idea.
The chair of the La Crosse finance committee, Doug Happel, already backs the proposed collaboration
, following a unanimous vote by the council’s finance committee.
Holmen Chief Buck Manley, hired in 2018, has been on administrative leave for three months, and La Crosse Chief Ken Gilliam would take his place temporarily under the proposed agreement. Gilliam says the regional approach is worth a try, and