Putting out fires can be a challenge for some smaller towns in the area unable to fund their fire stations...which is why many rely on larger communities.
News 8's alec giannakopoulos has the details on how one area town is teaming up with the city of la crosse well into the future.
In the past...the town of medary has relied on the city of onalaska to provide fire, and emergency services to their town.
But in recent years, the town has used services from the city of la crosse's fire department on a short term basis.
Now, they're looking at a long term comittment with the city.
From hills to neighborhoods, to farms, the town of medary can have a different look, depending on where you are.
The town also has heavily varying borders.
With some land surrounded by both onalaska and la crosse.
"it can be a challenge for first responders to decide who to send."
The town's size and location leaves them dependent on nearby cities for fire protection, and earlier, the town board reached an agreement with the city of la crosse "we can't find protection like that anywhere else in the area."
"ultimatley, we secured a 30 year deal with the town and it's a win-win for both communities."
In the agreement, the town will cover 4 and a half percent of la crosse's fire costs.
"our cost for fire services last year was about 10 million dollars.
So four and a half percent of that is about 450,000 dollars."
Medary will work their way up to paying that.
They'll start at 10% of that figure, and slowly increase until year 20, when they pay the full amount.
"a large chunk of that money, most of it is going to a separate account for firestation planning."
The city hopes to build a joint firestation years down the road near medary.
"if there is a decision to build a joint medary la crosse and hopefully onalaska firestation we would have the money to do that."
"i'm really hopeful now that we got the contract done that we can engage the city of onalaska and potentially another partnership up there."
But until then, medary town board is happy it's secured fire safety for the forseeable future.
"the town and residents are going to be better off for it.
Mayor kabat hopes that la crosse can provide these services to other nearby towns.
Like shelby and campbell.
He added that the fire department has the capacity to help those towns, and it can make fire operations easier for both cities.
The agreement won't fully be in effect until it is voted on by the finance and personnel comittee thursday