Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The vice presidential candidate used his visit to Oak Creek Tuesday on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to thank firefighters for putting their lives on the line.
Vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan had lunch at Oak Creek Fire Department headquarters Tuesday to mark the anniversary of 9/11, according to media reports. Ryan was back in his home district exactly one month after he was named Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate. Ryan thanked Oak Creek first responders for regularly putting their lives on the line and remembered those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a pool report. While in the Milwaukee area, Ryan also visited with members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Video of the GOP VP candidate's visit, and more on what Ryan said to firefighters and members of the military who served in Iraq …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Mayor, police chief and fire chief will participate in a discussion on Aug. 28 about the response to the Sikh Temple shootings.
The Milwaukee Press Club will host a panel discussion later this month on the response to the Sikh Temple shootings and emergency preparedness for the community. The discussion, called "Lessons Learned From Oak Creek," will feature Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Police Chief John Edwards and Fire Chief Tom Rosandich. They will talk about what worked, what didn't work and answer questions from a panel of journalists. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave. Steve Jagler, executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee and an Oak Creek native and resident, will moderate the forum. The cost to attend is $20 for Milwaukee Press Club members and $25 for non-members. To register, …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Outdoor fires permitted again in Oak Creek after some rain over the past week.
Thanks to some much-needed rain over the last week, the city of Oak Creek has lifted its temporary ban on outdoor burning. The ban went into effect on July 5, the day after a grass fire stopped the Oak Creek fireworks display. Fire Chief Tom Rosandich said in a statement that the fire and police departments still have the right to investigate outdoor burning. "If a nuisance call is received, and is directly related to the burn, all fires will be required to be completely extinguished," he said. Regulations for controlled burning still apply. Recommendations for controlled burning permits can be requested through the city dispatch center at (414) 762-8200. Rosandich also reminded residents about the fireworks ordinance. Sparklers, caps and…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Public Policy Forum spent about a year researching how fire departments in Oak Creek, Franklin, Hales Corners, Greendale and Greenfield could consolidate and save money.
Oak Creek is diving into the Public Policy Forum's report on fire department consolidation and will hold a public meeting to hear what residents have to say. The Oak Creek Common Council on Tuesday referred the report to the Finance and Personnel committees and the Police and Fire Commission. The city will hold a meeting at a later date to give residents a chance to weigh in, and Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken will speak to the council within the next month, Mayor Steve Scaffidi said. The Public Policy Forum spent about a year talking to fire chiefs and administrators in Oak Creek, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield and Hales Corners to study how the fire departments could consolidate and save money. The study laid out three models …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The 33-year veteran of the Oak Creek Fire Department took the oath in a ceremony Thursday at the Oak Creek Community Center.
Tom Rosandich was formally sworn in as Oak Creek fire chief, becoming the 10th chief in the city's history. In a short ceremony Thursday afternoon inside the Oak Creek Community Center, Rosandich took the oath of office surrounded by his family, Oak Creek firefighters, city officials and others. Rosandich is a lifelong Oak Creek resident and graduate of Oak Creek High School who started with the Oak Creek Fire Department in 1977. "He just came in and wanted to learn and learn and learn," recalled former Fire Chief Jerry Hammernik. "He pushed me to learn everything because I knew I was going to be asked about everything. "When I was graced with the chief's job, I made probably the smartest decision I ever made -- I selected Tom as assistant…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Public Policy Forum says combining the fire departments of Hales Corners, Franklin, Oak Creek, Greenfield and Greendale would save a lot of money, but also present a lot of questions.
A report released Wednesday will likely serve as a jumping-off point for discussions in five southern Milwaukee County communities about consolidating fire department services. The Public Policy Forum report identifies ways in which fire departments in Greenfield, Greendale, Hales Corners, Oak Creek and Franklin could consolidate and save money -- including combining all five into one. The study comes after about a year of research, involving fire chiefs and administrators from all five communities who explored the range of consolidation possibilities. Local officials last year said they wanted to study greater service sharing in the face of ongoing budget struggles for municipal governments. The Public Policy Forum report presents three …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tom Rosandich, announced as fire chief earlier this week, has been with the department for 33 years and his experiences have run the gamut.
When you're a firefighter in a city that's home to a $5 billion power plant, that has a freeway running through it, that is next to a major airport and that has seen exponential growth in the last 30 years, you've just about seen it all. Such is the case for Tom Rosandich, who began with the Oak Creek Fire Department 33 years ago and last week was appointed fire chief. It's been quite a journey for Rosandich, who when he graduated from Oak Creek High School in 1977, had designs on becoming an architect. He turned his attention toward firefightering at the suggestion of a co-worker at Sentry, where he worked as a teenager, and enrolled at Milwaukee Area Technical College. "And as they say, the rest is history," Rosandich said. Rosandich …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The longtime Oak Creek resident has been with the fire department for more than 33 years after starting as an on-call firefighter.
Acting Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis. Rosandich began as a paid on-call firefighter more than 33 years ago, before working his way up the ranks to full-time firefighter, lieutenant and assistant fire chief. He served as acting chief for about a year following the retirement of Brian Satula. The Police and Fire Commission appointed him last week, and the city announced the move Tuesday.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Position has been unfilled since last May.
The Oak Creek Police and Fire Commission is scheduled to go into closed session to conduct interviews for fire chief, according to an agenda posting. The position has been vacant since Brian Satula retired last May. Tom Rosandich has served as acting fire chief since then. Last month, the Oak Creek Common Council requested the commission move forward on the process to select Satula's permanent replacement. The interviews are scheduled for 7 p.m. today and Monday.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Position has been unfilled since last May.
The Oak Creek Common Council has requested the Police and Fire Commission appoint a permanent fire chief. The fire department has been without one since Brian Satula retired in May. Tom Rosandich has served as acting chief in the time since. Former Mayor Dick Bolender wanted to hold off on naming a permanent chief in light of discussions about consolidation with neighboring communities. But with little progress made on that front, city officials believe it's time to name a permanent replacement for Satula. The council approved the request 6-0 in its meeting Tuesday.