Our History

Charter Members - 1948

Milton Halbach
Ed Halfmann
Emmeren Loehr
Wilbur Moersh
Clem Nickel
Ambrose Roehrig
Weldon Petersen Sr.
Carl Sass
Harold Schubert

1940's

1948

    • Purchased first pump and supplies, 6 lengths of hose.
1950's

1951

    • Purchased 1946 Chevrolet truck to mount pumper ($465), built up first pump on truck ($1,291.56).
    • Purchased lot for fire house from Edmund Halfmann ($200).

1952

    • Purchased set of air packs.

1954

    • Incorporated Calumet Volunteer Fire Department. Met with Town of Calumet officials in regard to building a new fire station.

1955

    • Built new fire station, purchased 1948 Ford water tanker ($665), build-up at Pierce Mfg. on 1948 water tanker ($500).

1957

    • Purchased 2-way radios.
1960's
  • 1961
    • Purchased 1961 Ford pumper truck ($5,150), built up 1961 truck ($9,398).
  • 1962
    • Department size now requires two groups.
  • 1963
    • Started ambulance service with van ($2,345), build-up ($1,214), radio ($350).
  • 1964
    • Started social gathering with Mt. Calvary Fire Department.
  • 1965
    • Purchased new water truck.
  • 1969
    • Receivers were installed in firemen’s homes.
1970's
  • 1970
    • Purchased 2nd water truck.
  • 1972
    • Installed fire conference in 10 homes and fire station.
  • 1974
    • Installed loading station at Columbia Park.
  • 1976
    • Purchased new front mount pump – 1975 Dodge.
  • 1978
    • Discontinued ambulance service.
  • 1979
    • First quick dump added to water tank; insulated ceiling in fire station.
1980's
  • 1980
    • Received 30 pocket pagers ($261.32 each)
    • Added quick dumps to 2nd water truck.
    • Started taking CPR courses.
    • Purchased van ($1,700); sold old ambulance for $1,350.
  • 1981
    • New pumper arrived (Total Cost $74,000: Truck $25,200, Build-up $48,800); added cascade system.
    • Developed new protection contracts – now on assessed valuation ($.03/$100), Town of Taycheedah was $10,000, now at $26,700.
  • 1982
    • Beginning of 911 Emergency phone system.
  • 1983
    • Mutual agreement put in place with all fire departments in Fond du Lac and Calumet County.
  • 1984
    • Installed dry hydrant at Benders; began using relay system with 4″ hose.
  • 1985
    • Installed first high-band radio.
    • Sold water tanks used in pick-up trucks; new Insurance Services Offer rating (ISO).
  • 1986
    • Building committee met for addition to fire station.
  • 1987
    • Building in progress, with addition to communications room and mechanic’s room.
  • 1988
    • Updated 350 supply van to 1982 step van including latest equipment ($75,000 value), department’s cost of about $20,000 because build up was done by firemen.
  • 1989
    • Sold old van ($1,400); Wisconsin Power & Light donated Ford truck to be used as water tanker, rebuilt by firemen ($23,050); sold old 353 tanker ($7,000).
1990's
  • 1990
    • Purchased Pipe Auction Center, formerly Edmund Halfmann’s garage and first “home” of the fire department; started to order all new helmets, coats, bunker pants, boots and gloves to outfit firemen according to National Fire Protection Association standards.
  • 1991
    • First Responders formerly organized.
  • 1992
    • Discussion began on constructing a training tower; installed all new high-band radios in trucks and base ($12,230).
  • 1993
    • Built training tower.
  • 1994
    • Put 352 water tanker into service.
  • 1995
    • Purchased computer system for all fire department records.
  • 1996
    • Purchased two wet suits for cold water rescue ($1,600). Purchased 351 pumper; fire department contributed $55,000 for chassis.
  • 1997
    • New 351 pumper was put into service, replacing the 1961 pumper truck.
  • 1998
    • Purchased cold water rescue sled
  • 1999
    • Purchased new turnout gear and thermal imaging camera. Installed dry hydrant at Hansen’s Pond.
2000's
  • 2001
    • Installed air exchange system in firehouse. Purchased new 354 mini-pumper for $141,000 replacing a 1975 Dodge.
  • 2002
    • Purchased 12 defibrillators.
  • 2004
    • Purchased washing machine for turnout gear and 18 handheld radios. Replaced 353.
  • 2005
    • Purchased new helmets and started build-up for new 350.
  • 2006
    • Purchased new 350 for $219,280 to replace 1982 step van. Extrication equipment acquired.
  • 2007
    • Upgraded SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), small generator and lighting. Upgrade to concrete approach and asphalt parking lot.
  • 2008
    • New truck radios and 20 handheld radios bought. Laptop and crash recovery program bought.
  • 2009
    • Members participate in formation of the Calumet County Dive Team. Active participation in formation of MABAS.
2010's
  • 2010
    • New 351 put into service and replaced a 1981 truck at a cost of $397,000. 2nd thermal imaging camera bought.
  • 2011
    • SCBA masks acquired for each firefighter.
2020's