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Posted on: June 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Fitchburg Fire Department Seeking Paid-On-Call Firefighters


The Fitchburg Fire Department will host an information session for individuals living in, or near, Fitchburg who are interested in becoming paid-on-call firefighters. This session will be held at Firehouse #1, 5791 Lacy Road on Saturday, June 20, 2015 starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting about two hours.

During this session members of the department will provide an overview of the department and explain the paid-on-call firefighter position as well as its requirements and expectations to potential recruits. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Since the founding of the Fitchburg Fire Department in 1971, the majority of the department’s staff has consisted of paid-on-call members. Paid-on-call firefighters do receive some compensation for responding to fire calls, participating in training, and performing other authorized activities; however, their primary source of income comes from employment in another profession outside the fire department. Fitchburg’s paid-on-call and career firefighters are trained to the same professional standards and work together in all areas of the fire service.

If you are a Fitchburg resident, no previous experience education or experience is necessary to become a paid-on-call firefighter. Successful applicants will be provided with the equipment and support needed to complete State of Wisconsin entry-level firefighter training requirements.

The minimum requirements for paid-on-call firefighter applicants are:
- 18 years of age
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
- Live within the City of Fitchburg, if you do not have previous firefighter training
- Possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license
- No felony convictions
- Not subject to restrictions that would interfere with firefighting duties

For more information about the paid-on-call firefighter position, see the department’s website at or contact Wes Coppersmith at

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