Approximately 80 people support the operations of the Fitchburg Fire Department: firefighters and fire officers, investigators, accountability team members, a videographer, and a business manager.

Each member falls into one of the following employment categories: career, paid-on-call, paid-on-premises, or intern.

Career Staff

Career staff are full-time employees of the City of Fitchburg who provide the core staffing of the on-duty response crews and are responsible for many additional duties such as: fire inspections, public education, maintenance of equipment, record keeping and numerous other administrative duties.

They work one of three schedules depending on their position:
  • Monday - Friday, 8a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Monday - Thursday, 7a.m. - 5p.m.
  • A 24-hour shift (7a.m. - 7a.m.) every third day (24 hrs on, 48 hours off)
Those working 24-hour shifts are assigned to A Shift, B Shift or C Shift.


Paid-on-call (POC) personnel are individuals who either live in the city or within four miles of a Fitchburg fire house. They are expected to respond to staff additional apparatus when: 1) more than one piece of apparatus is dispatched for an emergency response (such as a structure fire or motor vehicle crash); 2) both on-duty crews are involved in emergency calls; or 3) a neighboring fire department is requesting mutual aid. They may also choose to work in the station as part of the on-duty crew through the Fill-In Program.


Paid-on-premises (POP) firefighters are individuals who wish to participate in the Fill-In Program but do not live in the city or within four miles of either fire house. Most POP members also belong to their local fire department. They train with the Fitchburg Fire Department and work at least one shift each month on the Fill-In Program. POP members generally do not respond to emergencies when not on duty.


Interns are college students who are enrolled in either the fire science or paramedic training programs at Madison College (see Madison Area Technical College). They live and work in a Fitchburg fire house for one to three years. Each is assigned to one of the three shifts (A, B or C) and work as part of that fill-in crew except during the school day. More information about the Intern Program is available here.