Excerpts from WISN.com:

The Milwaukee Fire Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning, commemorating its recommissioning of Engine Company 28, and reopening of Fire Station 28 located at 424 North 30th St. in Milwaukee.

The recommissioning is part of a pilot program made possible because of the Shared Services Program, which now includes all 14 fire departments throughout Milwaukee County.

Fire officials said reopening the station will improve responses to fire and emergency medical services requests.

A Wauwatosa fire engine will be repositioned to the Milwaukee fire station, which is a mutually beneficial move for both cities. It allows the MFD to have a fire engine in a previously shuttered station.

In exchange, Wauwatosa will be able to work out of Milwaukee’s Fire Station 35 at 64th and Fairview.

The fire department said taxpayer dollars will remain the same despite the resource shake-up.

The Milwaukee Fire Department said this is the first additional engine and station added to the department’s resources since 1956.

This partnership is a temporary pilot project. If there is a substantial shake-up in the fire system or budget, Wauwatosa will get its engine back.

thanks Crabby