Addition of firefighters underscores growth of Fredonia department

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Despite widely reported difficulties attracting firefighters to local volunteer departments,  the Fredonia Fire Department was able to add six active members in 2018, Fire Chief Brian Weyker told the Fredonia Village Board last week.

Other highlights Weyker shared in his annual report to trustees included the fact that the department moved into its new $2.3 million fire station on June 2 and that the department responded to more ambulance calls in Belgium, at 130, than it did in Fredonia, at 122. 

The Belgium Fire Department has a rescue squad that can treat people at an accident scene but cannot transport them to a hospital.

In all, the department had 298 ambulance calls.

Weyker said there are 47 active department members: 17 firefighters, 10 firefighter/emergency medical responders, 10 emergency medical technicians, one first responder, four ambulance drivers, two EMT students and three active honorary members. 

In 2017, there were 41 active members.

Last year, the department responded to 176 fire and rescue calls, including 117 emergency medical service calls and 59 fire or motor vehicle accidents.

The department also logged 5,459 hours in training.

The department’s 2018 service awards went to Mike Tesker and Pat Buechler, each for 20 years of service; Tim Burmesch for 15 years; and Bob Lindbloom for 10 years.

The Milton Eisentraut Award for firefighter of the year will be announced Saturday, March 16, at the department’s annual awards banquet.

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