Fire Department

Fire Chief

Ron Cairns

8060 S. Oakdale Rd.
Lake Nebagamon, WI 54849
(715)969-4141

Volunteer

The Webster’s Dictionary explains the word as one who volunteers one’s services or the undertaking of one’s free will. I believe there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.

When someone joins a volunteer fire department wanting to help others, and to be a trained firefighter or wanting to be a trained first responder, there is something to be said about that someone. Especially when that someone is willing to go running into a burning building to help or save their neighbor, even when everyone else is running the other way. Or the feeling that comes over you when you have just saved a life, or the look of relief when you have comforted your patient while you’re waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Being a member of a volunteer fire department these situations and many more happen. There is nothing more gratifying when you volunteer your time for your township or your neighboring township.

WHAT IF

What if you awoke in the middle of the night to find your home on fire?

What if your father started having chest pains?

What if a car hit your daughter on her way to a friend’s house?

What if your son didn’t show up at the canoe landing and the sun has set?

Things like this happen all the time and someone needs to be there to answer the call when our family, friends or neighbors need help.

What if you were that person who could help? A volunteer fire department can help you become that person. When someone calls 911 it’s probably the worst day of their life. And when you answer the call you know your about to make a big difference with your training and knowledge on their worst day.

As a member of the Highland Volunteer Fire Department you could be trained as a firefighter and or a wild land firefighter and a first responder. You could also be trained in search and rescue or river rescue. The Highland Volunteer Fire Department also trains in ice rescue and low and steep incline rope rescue. All the training will be paid for by the fire department and taught by WITC instructors. When completed you will receive a certification for each course.

The Highland Volunteer Fire Department has a junior firefighter program also. Our younger members can have the experience of serving the community.

MEETINGS AND TRAININGS

Our Fire Department business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  And our training meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings are held at the Fire Hall that is located just south of Stone’s Bridge on County Road S.

DEPARTMENT PRIDE

The Highland Volunteer Fire Department is a very proud department.

It’s all because of our Township and our Town Board that we have a New Fire Hall and a New Town Hall. And when the fire department expressed the need for a new tanker truck the Township and the Town Board acted on it and the fire department received a new 3000-gallon tanker truck.

The next year we went through the FEMA grant program and were able to get a new 2000-gallon pumper. It’s very comforting to know that when we get called to a fire there will be 5000 gallons of water on its way along with trained firefighters and First Responders.

Our Fire Department also has a brush truck that we put a lot of hard work into it to make it accessible to just about any wild-land fire.

It’s nice to be able to get right in to the thick of things with this brush truck. We also have a rescue van that was donated by Gold Cross and we turned it into a very useful piece of equipment that is used on every one of our calls.

The Highland Volunteer Fire Department has a lot of good history. Our Township and the Town Board and the Fire Department have a lot of pride in keeping our township moving into the future.