Fire department puts out call for help

Fredonia chief cites need for dozen more members to handle emergency responses

NEW RECRUIT BROCK MAJKOWSKI showed his application to join the Fredonia Fire Department at last week’s recruiting drive at the Fredonia Fire Station. Joining him were (from left) Jerry Dimmer, Kyle Steffen and Shelly Alioto. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Like most volunteer fire departments, the Fredonia Fire Department is looking for more than a few good men and women to fill its ranks.

Another dozen or so would be nice, according to Fire Chief Brian Weyker.

“We’re currently sitting at 38 members. I would ideally like to get another 12 people,” Weyker said in an email. “We really need (emergency medical technicians). That is where the majority of the calls are at.”

The training for firefighters, EMTs,  emergency medical responders and ambulance drivers is free.

The only cost “is just the commitment of your time to the community,” Weyker said.

Firefighters need 106 hours of initial technical college-based training and 48 hours of department-based training annually. They must respond to all fire and rescue calls and schedule themselves as ambulance drivers for three six-hour shifts per month.

EMRs need 72 hours of initial technical college-based training and 48 hours of department-based training annually. EMTs are required to get 180 hours of technical college-based training followed by 24 hours of department-based training.

Ambulance drivers are required to take 24 hours of department-based annual driver training.

EMTs, EMRs and drivers must schedule themselves for shifts on weekdays and one full weekend totaling 30 hours per month.

Reserve and associate members also are needed to assist with all facets of the department, Weyker said.

Their duties include large-call logistical support, fundraising, training night support, and after-incident station cleanup. They are required to attend 48 hours of department-based training.

Practices for each position are held every Tuesday night on a rotating basis.

“Even though there is a training requirement, those training requirements do not make this a commitment of training every Tuesday night,” Weyker said.  

To volunteer or for more information, contact the fire department online at www.fredoniafireandems.com.

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