The Burnett Volunteer Fire Department was organized January 9th 1915. The first officers were: E.J. Heling, Chief; William Gibson, Secretary; H.E. Roll, Treasurer. The department had 15 active members and equipment consisted of a hand-drawn ladder wagon, two hand-drawn chemical carts, two dozen pails for the bucket brigade and one bell.
Each year the department takes part in Fire Prevention Week by holding a fire safety program for the children in the township. Our firefighters are continually improving their firefighting skills by taking additional firefighting classes, and by participating in the monthly drills.
The department was incorporated in 1976 and presently consists of 29 active members with the following Equipment available for firefighting operations:
Truck 1561 -- 1999 Pierce full response 5-man crew cab with a 1500 GPM Waterous single-stage pump with a built-in generator. It has a 1250-gallon water tank and a 20-gallon Class A foam tank on a 1999 Freightliner Chassis with a 330 HP Cummins Diesel engine and a 5 speed automatic transmission. It also carries our Hurst Jaws of Life unit and our thermal imaging camera. Driver: Tom Olsen, Assistant Driver: Mark Saeger.
Truck 1562 -- 1983 3D pumper with a 750 GPM mid-ship pump, 1200 gallon tank, with a 10 inch quick dump on a C-70 Chevrolet Chassis with a 427 cubic inch V8 engine. It is equipped with aluminum ladders, hose, and a portable tank. Driver: Dean Sawyer, Assistant Driver: Tom Diels.
Truck 1582 1981 F-600 Ford Utility Truck with a Marion walk in rescue body. Truck is equipped with ventilation equipment, generator, emergency lighting, 4500 PSI cascade system, SCBA's, turnout gear, and other firefighting equipment. Driver: Brett Backhaus.
Truck 1581 2009 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4WD brush truck with a custom aluminum body. Truck is equipped with a 225 gallon Poly tank with 5 gal. Class A Foam, wild land hose, Darley Davey 13HP pump, 3000 watt generator, two 1000 watt scene lights, and a 9000-pound winch. Driver Gary Backhaus Assistant Driver: Phil Apfelbeck.
Truck 1591 -- 1979 Mack tanker with a 2900-gallon tank. It is equipped with large diameter hose. Driver: LaVern Pieper; Assistant Driver: Jim Pitzlin.
Truck 1592 -- 2006 Tanker on a Sterling Chassis with a Mercedes Benz engine and a 3500 gal. Poly wet side tank. Other equipment includes a Waterous 18 hp. 350 GPM pump and a 3000 gal. Collapsible Tank. Driver: Randy Woock, Assistant Driver: Ron Woock.
The department has a new fire well that has an 80 HP line shaft pump with a capability of producing 1500GPM as well as 7 other wells in the village and two reservoirs with dry hydrants. We also have one 5-HP submersible pump that delivers 500 GPM. Together these water sources have proven to be a sufficient water supply for any normal fire.
Burnett First Responders
The Burnett First Responders were organized in May of 1986as a first response unit for medical emergencies. The First Responders are members of the Fire Department. We have 13 first responders who are de-fib certified and maintain an excellent level of training by attending First Responder refresher courses, CPR refreshers, and receive our de-fib re-certification every year. The initial response time of our unit has been three to five minutes prior to ambulance arrival. The First Responders work closely with the Horicon EMS unit, as they are the initial unit to respond to a rescue call in the Town of Burnett.
The First Responders have the following apparatus:
1551 --1989 Chevrolet 4WD Suburban that carries a defibrillator and other necessary equipment for basic life support and patient care. Driver: Mark Woock.
Burnett Firefighters Auxiliary Our auxiliary was organized in March of 1960 with a membership of 24. They meet every other month, on the last Tuesday. Activities include serving lunch and coffee to the firefighter's at large fires. They host the Queens contest every June, serve sandwiches at the Fire Department's spring and fall raffles and assist with fund raising.