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The Beaver Dam Fire & Rescue Department is an ISO 3 rated department that provides fire and EMS-Paramedic level services to over 100 square miles in the Beaver Dam area with an estimated combined population of over 20,000 people. The area includes the entire City and surrounding Township of Beaver Dam. It also includes portions of the Townships of Calamus, Lowell, Trenton, and Westford. The department is considered a combination department because of the mix of full-time and part-time personnel required to perform daily operations.  In addition to normal 911 operations, the department also provides emergent and non-emergent EMS inter-facility transports.  Most transports are from the Beaver Dam Community Hospital to specialty facilities in Madison, WI or area skilled nursing facilities.
  • Full-Time (Career) Staff
    The full-time component consists of 20 people including the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and an administrative assistant.  Three Captains serve as shift commanders. The typical shift includes a total of five personnel working a 24-hour shift followed by 48-hours off duty time. There is also one day shift position. All full-time personnel are certified EMT-Paramedic or EMT-IV Technician providers, Firefighter I or II, and Pump Operator I or II. Primary responsibilities include: Apparatus operation, fire suppression, EMS response, fire inspection, petroleum tank inspection, fire preplanning, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other station duties. Full-time personnel are represented by the International Association of Firefighters(Local 3432).

  • Paid-on-Call (Part-time) Staff
    The paid-on-call component consists of approximately 21 firefighters including six Lieutenants. Part-time personnel respond directly to the fire scene by pager if the fire is within the city limits. For calls outside the city limits, members respond to the fire station and respond to the scene with the apparatus. All members are certified Entry Firefighter or Firefighter I. Some members maintain various levels of EMT certifications. Primary responsibilities include: fire suppression, search and rescue, extrication, and salvage and overhaul.  The department also maintains numerous part-time EMT-Basics, EMT- IV Technicians, and EMT-Paramedics primarily for operating with inter-facility transports.

Chief Alan Mannel Chief Alan Mannel  Contact Chief Mannel      

Christian Deputy Chief Matt Christian Contact Deputy Chief Christian

Lee Smith 2018 Captain Lee Smith Contact Captain Smith         

Hartl Captain Paul Hartl Contact Captain Hartl

Johnson Captain Russell Johnson Contact Captain Russell  

Thomas Fire Inspector Tony Thomas Contact Inspector/FF/IV-Tech Tony Thomas

D. Smith Don Smith    Contact FF/Paramedic Don Smith                    

 Bau Charlie Bau Contact FF/Paramedic Charlie Bau                      

Theel Eric Theel Contact FF/Critical Care Paramedic Eric Theel

JJ John Jatczak  Contact FF/Paramedic/Inspector John Jatczak                   

Braunschweig Corey Braunschweig Contact FF/Paramedic Corey Braunschweig

Ackley Chris Ackley  Contact FF/Paramedic Chris Ackley                   

Jahnke Wesley Jahnke Contact FF/Paramedic Wesley Jahnke

Jake Jake Zemlicks-Retzlaff  Contact FF/CC Paramedic Jake Zemlicka-Retzlaff  

Weidler Matt Weidler Contact FF/Paramedic Matt Weidler

Image Coming SoonNicholas Guthery Contact FF/Paramedic Nick Guthery

Jeremy DuCharmeJeremy DuCharme Contact FF/Paramedic Jeremy DuCharme

Joshua Coffey Joshua Coffey Contact FF/Paramedic Joshua Coffey

Hunter ResopHunter Resop Contact FF/Paramedic Hunter Resop