Location: 720 East Blackhawk Avenue
Hours: The Fire Department provides emergency response services to the City of Prairie du Chien 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The non-emergency office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Contacts: Emergency – 911
Non-emergency – (608) 326-4365
Fax – (608) 326-8182
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: 720 East Blackhawk Avenue, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Chief – To be determined
Deputy Chief – Tim Deluhery, Sr.
Assistant Chief – Lee Arneson
Safety Officer – Matt Stubbe
Captain Steve Rickleff * Lieutenant Heath Smith * Lieutenant Tim Deluhery, Jr. * Lieutenant Mike Anthony * Lieutenant Ben Pintz
Farshaun Ardestani – Phil Becwar – Sheldon Rodriguez-Black – Brad Braun – Derrick Eastman – Dustin Folsom – Melissa Folsom – Tim Hill – Joe Johnson – Wayne Koecke – Chris Lee – Jim McCluskey – Scott Melgosa – Arnold Mezera – Daniel Nebarez – Joseph Refsland – John Rickleff – Jaaren Riebe – Bob Saddler – Ed Steger – Sheldon Tanner – John Yager
BECOMING A MEMBER
If you are at least 18 years of age, live within 15 minutes of the City, and wish to become a member of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, you need to complete an application and return it to the Fire Chief. Membership and training requirements will be explained to you as well as when or if there is going to be an opening.
The City of Prairie du Chien was incorporated in 1872, and the Fire Department was created by ordinance in 1873. There were four fire companies, the boundaries of which followed the city wards for the most part. The Phoenix #1 Company, the largest company, served the second and third wards and was reputed to get the best of everything. Company #1 was assisted by the Cataract #2 Company which was made up of all young men and was sometimes called Assistant #2. Aetna #3 Company served the lower town or 1st Ward. The Badger Company #4 served the 4th Ward, which was all on St. Feriole Island at the time, and it was said to have the best esprit de corps.
In 1903, the City Council went from a volunteer to a paid force which reduced the size of the Department to 32 firefighters but that lasted only a year when the department became an all volunteer force again. The Fire Department maintained the four companies until 1930 when they merged to form one City Fire Department.
In 1946, the City created the Police and Fire Commission, a board of five members appointed by the Mayor to serve 5-year terms. The Police and Fire Commission duties are to hire the Fire Chief, Police Chief, and their subordinates and to mediate any disciplinary problems in either department.
In 1976, the City hired its first full-time Fire Chief to oversee the operation of the Department and perform all required fire prevention inspections.
The Prairie du Chien Fire Fighters’ Association recently donated a 1991 fire truck with only 18,000 miles as well as extrication equipment and miscellaneous tools to the city of Prairie du Chien. The fire truck was acquired through a winning bid of $19,900 on an equipment surplus online auction. It has been in service in the city for about a month. The cost of the truck was just under $20,000 and the cost of the equipment was about $36,000. According to Fire Chief Harry Remz, a new fire truck would cost the city around $250,000. Pictured, representing both the city’s fire department and the fire fighters’ association, are (from left) Tim Deluhery Sr., Mike Anthony, Harry Remz and Matt Stubbe. (Photo by Correne Martin – Courier-Press)