In 2014 the Iron Ridge Fire Department saw one of our dreams realized. We built and moved into a new 12,000 sq. ft. fire station located off Industrial Drive in our Village’s industrial park. Our new building provides us with ample space for apparatus, storage, and maintenance. Our new station also includes a state of the art meeting/training room, a spacious kitchen, an EMS room, and much needed office space.
The Iron Ridge Fire Department, Inc. provides fire protection to the residents and businesses in the Village of Iron Ridge and the townships of Herman and Hubbard. We provide automatic mutual aid for Woodland and Neosho Fire Departments. We are trained not only in fire protection but also auto extrication, ice rescue, and wind tower rescue. We have a thermal imaging camera, a wide assortment of auto extrication equipment, and air bags for lifting heavy objects. In 2014 our department responded on 40 fire calls.
We have created a department web site at www.irfd.us and a Facebook page. We invite everyone to follow what is new in our department by visiting our web page. Every year in early August we host one of the most exciting picnics in the area in our fireman’s park
EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDERS
The Iron Ridge First Responders formed in 1979. Our group currently consists of 13 very dedicated members. Continual education is a priority with refresher classes and monthly training exercises. In 2014 our first responders were dispatched on 112 calls. We not only provide quality care to our patients but also respond to all fire calls to assist our firefighters. The Iron Ridge First Responders are active members of the Dodge County EMS Association and the Wisconsin EMS Association. We are proud to serve the community of Iron Ridge as well as the towns of Hubbard, Herman and a portion of the Woodland Fire District. The Iron Ridge First Responders work with transporting units from Hartford, Mayville, Allenton, and Horicon ambulance services.
The Iron Ridge Fire Department is proud to have 24 Honorary members: Wally Bilgrien, Robert Boeck, Troy Derge, Joyce Dorn, Ervin Fiedler, Allen Friday, Gerald Giese, Harold Hanni, Ken Hanni, Ron Keller, Howard Kriewald, Arland Machmueller, Dave Mamerow, Daryl Moldenhauer, Earl Moldenhauer, James Qualman, Ed Qualmann, Earl Schellpfeffer, Ross Schultz, Ken Schulz, Rayno Schultz, Clarence Wasmund, Chuck Wickert, and Conrad Wild Jr.
The organizational meeting of the Iron Ridge Fireman’s Auxiliary was called to order on January 5, 1972 by Acting President Darlene Oestreich with 12 ladies present. The first annual meeting was held on February 7, 1972 with 21 members in attendance. At this meeting election of officers was held with the following results: President Darlene Oestreich, Vice-President Doris Friday, Secretary Wilma Giese, Treasurer Janice Schultz and trustees LaVerne Knecht, Karlene Toepel and Marion Gnerlich.
The auxiliary assists the fire department by serving lunches at fires and meetings and working the annual Firemen’s Picnic, Open House events, and other social events. The auxiliary also supports the fire department financially, either in the form of monetary donations or in purchases of equipment and supplies. Various fundraisers have included bake sales, candle sales, entertainment book sales, and quilt raffles. The auxiliary has provided the community with fire prevention and awareness education in the form of poster contests and donations to the library for fire prevention and awareness literature and videos.
Each June the auxiliary hosts the local Iron Ridge Fire Department’s Queen’s Contest and was the first to host the Dodge County Fire Queen’s Contest when the Dodge County Firefighters Association was held in Iron Ridge in 1972.
Meetings are held regularly on the second Monday of February, July, September, and November and are open to any person who is at least 18 years of age and who is sincerely interested in performing the duties of the Iron Ridge Fire Department Auxiliary.