Charter Members - 1948
Weldon Petersen Sr.
- Purchased first pump and supplies, 6 lengths of hose.
- 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).
- Purchased set of air packs.
- Incorporated Calumet Volunteer Fire Department. Met with Town of Calumet officials in regard to building a new fire station.
- Built new fire station, purchased 1948 Ford water tanker ($665), build-up at Pierce Mfg. on 1948 water tanker ($500).
- Purchased 2-way radios.
- Purchased 1961 Ford pumper truck ($5,150), built up 1961 truck ($9,398).
- Department size now requires two groups.
- Started ambulance service with van ($2,345), build-up ($1,214), radio ($350).
- Started social gathering with Mt. Calvary Fire Department.
- Purchased new water truck.
- Receivers were installed in firemen’s homes.
- Purchased 2nd water truck.
- Installed fire conference in 10 homes and fire station.
- Installed loading station at Columbia Park.
- Purchased new front mount pump – 1975 Dodge.
- Discontinued ambulance service.
- First quick dump added to water tank; insulated ceiling in fire station.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beginning of 911 Emergency phone system.
- Mutual agreement put in place with all fire departments in Fond du Lac and Calumet County.
- Installed dry hydrant at Benders; began using relay system with 4″ hose.
- Installed first high-band radio.
- Sold water tanks used in pick-up trucks; new Insurance Services Offer rating (ISO).
- Building committee met for addition to fire station.
- Building in progress, with addition to communications room and mechanic’s room.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- First Responders formerly organized.
- Discussion began on constructing a training tower; installed all new high-band radios in trucks and base ($12,230).
- Built training tower.
- Put 352 water tanker into service.
- Purchased computer system for all fire department records.
- Purchased two wet suits for cold water rescue ($1,600). Purchased 351 pumper; fire department contributed $55,000 for chassis.
- New 351 pumper was put into service, replacing the 1961 pumper truck.
- Purchased cold water rescue sled
- Purchased new turnout gear and thermal imaging camera. Installed dry hydrant at Hansen’s Pond.
- Installed air exchange system in firehouse. Purchased new 354 mini-pumper for $141,000 replacing a 1975 Dodge.
- Purchased 12 defibrillators.
- Purchased washing machine for turnout gear and 18 handheld radios. Replaced 353.
- Purchased new helmets and started build-up for new 350.
- Purchased new 350 for $219,280 to replace 1982 step van. Extrication equipment acquired.
- Upgraded SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), small generator and lighting. Upgrade to concrete approach and asphalt parking lot.
- New truck radios and 20 handheld radios bought. Laptop and crash recovery program bought.
- Members participate in formation of the Calumet County Dive Team. Active participation in formation of MABAS.
- New 351 put into service and replaced a 1981 truck at a cost of $397,000. 2nd thermal imaging camera bought.
- SCBA masks acquired for each firefighter.