ABOUT THE BDFD
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Career Firefighter personnel, including two fire chiefs.
Estimated population served for fire and EMS.
Total Fire and EMS calls for service answered in 2019
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Times multiple calls occurred, often times requiring off duty firefighters leave their families to report in.
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 paid-on-call 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.
The mission of the Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue Department is to provide the best possible fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical service to our constituents ensuring the highest level of protection possible.
The vision of the Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue Department is to be a recognized leader in the fire service, respected by our constituents for anticipating and responding to the ever changing needs of the fire and emergency medical services. The Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue Department will embrace new technologies and techniques, focusing on training and education to provide the highest level of customer services and satisfaction in a professional and caring manner.
The members of the Beaver Dam Fire and Rescue Department are dedicated to operating a professional, ethical, service-minded organization. We value honesty and integrity in all matters, leading to the highest level of trustworthiness.
We value respect for each person, recognizing the individual value of our members and customers
We value teamwork, as each person's capabilities enhance our performance as a whole
We value responsibility, taking ownership of our actions and committing to our assigned objectives
We value professional pride, adhering to a strong code of moral and ethical conduct
We value compassion, fostering a genuine concern for those we serve
We value safety, ensuring our own health as well as the safety of our team and those we serve
We value diversity of the people in our department and our community
We value training and education as the foundation of superior service
We value commitment, working through any adversity to meet the community's needs
Full-Time (Career) Staff
The full-time component consists of 21 people including the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and an administrative assistant. Three Captains serve as shift commanders followed by three Lieutenants. The typical shift includes a total of six personnel working a 24-hour shift followed by 48-hours off-duty time. All full-time personnel are certified EMT-Paramedic or EMT-Advanced 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 pre-planning, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other station duties.
The paid-on-call component consists of approximately 21 firefighters including five Lieutenants. POCs respond to the station in their personal cars when a call occurs and staff fire apparatus behind the full time staff. All active members are certified Entry Firefighter or Firefighter I. Some members maintain various levels of EMT certifications.