Politics & Government
10:47 am
Mon July 22, 2013

County Exec Will Review Emergency Procedures Following Fire

All judicial functions are back to normal scheduling at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
All judicial functions are back to normal scheduling at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele credits the dedication of staff members for the quick resumption of many services at the Courthouse.

All court business resumed normal operations today at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Other functions continue at satellite locations as clean up continues following the July 7th electrical fire that caused extensive smoke damage throughout the building.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says there was no plan specifically crafted to deal with such an emergency.

Abele says that's something that his administration will pursue in the future.

"We fully plan to debrief what we did well, and what we can do better, as the basis for a more robust crisis plan going forward," Abele says.

Abele says he will consult with whomever is the most skillful at emergency planning regarding events such as the recent Courthouse fire.

"There is never going to be a time when we say 'we have a good enough plan,' you're always working on something better," Abele says.

Abele says the Courthouse could be removed from generators and put back on regular electrical service later today.

About  1,000 employees work at the Courthouse.