Back in 1954 an idea for better fire protection for the Town’s was devised. At the time fire protection was provided by the City of Eau Claire Fire Dept. When a fire broke out, one truck, with three Firefighters was dispatched to the scene.
On Jan 1, 1955, the Township Fire Department was open for service. The original fire truck was a 1928 International Harvester Chemical fire truck. The Department has grown into one of the largest volunteer departments in the State of Wisconsin.
Currently the Department has (6) Engines, (5) Brush Trucks, (5) Tenders, (6) Squads, (3) Boats, (6) ATV/UTV vehicles for off-road emergencies, along with several other pieces of specialized equipment. All housed in (5) stations. We serve a population currently around 20,000 in roughly a 250 sq mile area.
Presently there are approximately 100 Firefighters spread throughout the (5) stations. In addition to Firefighters, we have several Emergency Medical Rescuers responding to medical calls in the Towns. Many are also Firefighters.
Our people spend many hours training each year in firefighting, rescue and medical, as well as being active in other areas of our community.
I am a third generation Township Firefighter in my family. My grandfather and father were part of the department in the past. I am proud to serve as Chief of such a great department. I will strive to keep up the standard of my predecessors, Chief’s Dave Olson, Dick Deilke, Marshall Horlacher, and Jack Running.
Chief, Township Fire Department
Township Fire Department, Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization that provides effective fire suppression and services to the residents of Seymour, Washington, Union, Pleasant Valley and Brunswick Townships in an efficient and professional manner.
To be recognized in the immediate community and statewide as a progressive leader in providing professional fire and rescue services to the residents and visitors of our community.
To treat all members of the Department and all members of the community with dignity and respect. This is accomplished by timely response, compassion, cooperation, and respect for everyone.