Internship Program

The City of Fitchburg Fire Department is a combination (career and paid-on-call) fire department staffed by approximately 80 members including six student interns.

The department serves a diverse population of more than 28,000 residents and over 900 businesses in 35.2 square miles of urban and rural areas.

We operate 4 Engine Companies, 1 Truck Company, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Tenders, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Air/Light/Rehab vehicle and 1 ATV, as well as several command cars, all out of two firehouses.

We provide the following services: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Vehicle Extrication, Public Education and Basic EMS first-response (non-transport) to our community. In 2017, we responded to over 2,050 incidents including 29 structure fires, several vehicle extrications, and numerous other requests for emergency services.

Who We Look For

  • Motivated individuals to become part of our organization
  • Hard working people who go the extra step to maintain readiness for our vehicles and facilities
  • Individuals interested in beginning a career in the fire service

What We Offer

  • Housing in one of our firehouses (at no cost)
  • Biweekly stipend of $150
  • Tuition and book reimbursement up to $1,700 per semester; amount is based on GPA
  • Payment for emergency responses and training events
  • Opportunity to attend training outside FFD
  • Full personal protective equipment
  • Possible acceptance into the paramedic program
  • A tremendous learning experience to complement a formal education

What We Expect

  • A minimum of a 2 cumulative GPA in all MATC courses while in the Internship Program
  • A minimum of a 3 cumulative GPA in Fire Science courses
  • Attendance at scheduled FFD training activities
  • Completion of Wisconsin and Fitchburg minimum requirements for training
  • Response to major incidents when available

How to Apply

For more information about the program please check out the Intern Program Brochure, or you may contact Deputy Chief of Operations Chad Grossen via email.  He may also be reached by telephone at 608-278-2980.