Town of Beloit Fire Department

Town of Beloit Fire Department The Town of Beloit Fire Department Since officially forming the Town of Beloit Fire Department in the summer of 1956, the Fire Department has been providing quality emergency services to residents and visitors in the area.
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In the beginning, the Town hired Chief Charles J. Morris as the first Fire Chief who was given the task to build a fire station (which included the Chief's residence), order equipment, including the first fire engine, recruit firefighters, and train them. The original roster, four fulltime and 25 volunteers, began training in the basics of firemanship in September 1956 using the Town Hall as their classroom. In February 1957, Fire Station #1 was dedicated along with Engine No.1 and the Fire Department officially went into business with the first structure fire occurring the next day at Pat’s Market on Madison Road. Shortly after, Engine No. 2, a pumper/tanker, was purchased and housed at station #1. In 1959, Engine No. 24, a small pumper, was purchased to be used primarily for grass and brush fires. In 1967, Engine No. 25, a GMC tanker was purchased and placed in service. In 1969, Fire Station #2 on Inman Parkway was built and housed Engine No. 1 and Engine No.24. Four more fulltime firefighters were hired and crews began to work a 24 hour on/24 hour off rotation with two personnel plus the Chief at station #1 and two personnel at station #2. For economical reasons in 1974, station #2 was closed and two fulltime firefighter positions were eliminated. The station continued to house the two engines that were utilized when needed. Station #2 currently is housing one engine staffed by off duty personnel. Through the years, the Town’s needs were such that a combination full-time/paid-on-call department was warranted to provide for the needs of the area. Today, the Fire Department consists of ten full-time firefighters, including the Chief and Assistant Chief, and thirty-one paid-on-call firefighters. The firefighters are divided up into three platoons with three full-time and ten paid-on-call firefighters assigned to each platoon divided between the two stations.

Operating as usual

The struggle is real.
10/14/2020
House fire in town of Holland brings attention to limited resources

The struggle is real.

TOWN OF HOLLAND, Wis. (WKBT)–A Town of Holland family is devastated by a Saturday afternoon fire that destroyed their home. But now the family and their neighbors are looking for answers as to why it took so long for firefighters to arrive and how they quickly ran out of water. At 3:22 p.m Saturda...

Town of Beloit Fire Department
10/10/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department

Today is Chief Wright's official last day as he is on to new adventures in retirement. We thank him for his 30 years of dedicated service to the fire department, the Town of Beloit and the county. It is very unfortunate that due to Covid 19, we cannot give him a proper send off celebrating his accomplishments. We wish Chief Wright the very best.

Today is Chief Wright's official last day as he is on to new adventures in retirement. We thank him for his 30 years of ...
10/09/2020

Today is Chief Wright's official last day as he is on to new adventures in retirement. We thank him for his 30 years of dedicated service to the fire department, the Town of Beloit and the county. It is very unfortunate that due to Covid 19, we cannot give him a proper send off celebrating his accomplishments. We wish Chief Wright the very best.

10/07/2020
Town of Beloit Virtual Fire Truck Tour

Even though we are in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic and are not able to visit the schools for Fire Prevention Week, we still wanted to make sure the students, teachers and general public continue to be educated about fires and the fire department. MPO/Medic Skokut and Intern FF Ryan created a video discussing some highlights of our front line fire engine and firefighter gear.

Please enjoy a virtual tour of Town of Beloit's Fire Engine.

10/05/2020

The week of October 4th is Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the US. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

Town of Beloit Fire Department
10/05/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department

Town of Beloit Fire Department's cover photo
10/05/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department's cover photo

In the past two weeks, we have responded to five different vehicle accidents on Riverside Drive (Hwy. 51). These acciden...
09/29/2020

In the past two weeks, we have responded to five different vehicle accidents on Riverside Drive (Hwy. 51). These accidents have resulted in multiple injuries and one fatality. As a reminder, many accidents can be avoided simply by paying attention and obeying traffic laws. As we get closer to snow and roads freezing, we ask that you concentrate on your winter driving skills. Please keep yourself, your family and others safe on the road.

Town of Beloit
09/29/2020

Town of Beloit

09/19/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department


For Immediate Release:

At approximately 0240 on Saturday September 19th the Town of Beloit Fire Department, along with units from the City of Beloit Fire Department were dispatched for a traffic accident with injury in the 2600 block of Riverside Dr. Upon arrival units found a two-vehicle accident with one vehicle sustaining major damage. This vehicle contained two occupants who were both pinned inside the vehicle. After extrication one patient was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second patient was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center with life threatening injuries. Police and Fire units remained on scene for roughly three hours. Any further questions can be directed to the Town of Beloit Police Department.
Submitted by:
Lieutenant Ryan Perkins
Town of Beloit Fire Department

2445 S. Afton Rd| Beloit WI, 53511-8666| | (608)364-2997 | FAX (608)364-2999

Thank you to the Republican Party of Rock County for their delicious donation. Greatly appreciated.
09/11/2020

Thank you to the Republican Party of Rock County for their delicious donation. Greatly appreciated.

09/08/2020
Incident Response

Thank you to Asher at Incident Response for sending us this video of E-211 responding to a fire alarm at Amazon Distribution on 9/3/20.

Town of Beloit Fire Engine 211 responding to a fire alarm Thursday afternoon on Gateway Blvd.

Town of Beloit Fire Department's cover photo
09/08/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department's cover photo

Town of Beloit Fire Department
09/08/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department

Hopefully, the Town of Beloit PD does not have to issue ANY citations this year for illegally passing a stopped school b...
08/28/2020

Hopefully, the Town of Beloit PD does not have to issue ANY citations this year for illegally passing a stopped school bus. Please, keep our children safe!

FLASHING RED LIGHTS = STOP

Please be observant and patient with school buses as we head into the school year. Allow yourself extra drive time. Too often children are injured or killed by distracted drivers. Stay safe Rock County!

On August 1st, 2020, with the assistance of Brodhead, Orfordville and Town of Turtle fire Departments, we performed some...
08/04/2020

On August 1st, 2020, with the assistance of Brodhead, Orfordville and Town of Turtle fire Departments, we performed some live burn training on a house donated to us. Because the amount of fires we encounter is decreasing, these opportunities are crucial in learning new skills and sharpening the old. Photos courtesy of Sharon Wisen.

On August 1st, 2020, with the assistance of Brodhead, Orfordville and Town of Turtle fire Departments, we performed some live burn training on a house donated to us. Because the amount of fires we encounter is decreasing, these opportunities are crucial in learning new skills and sharpening the old. Photos courtesy of Sharon Wisen.

Town of Beloit
07/06/2020

Town of Beloit

The Board meeting for tonight has been moved to tomorrow night same time. I accidentally put the wrong date on the agenda i sent out last week. Thank you.

Town of Beloit Fire Department
07/05/2020

Town of Beloit Fire Department

At approximately 10:02pm on July 4th, 2020, Town of Beloit Fire Department units along with City of Beloit, City of Janesville, and Orfordville were dispatched to 6219 S Highway 51, Lot #197, for reports of a structure fire. First arriving units on scene found a mobile home halfway engulfed in flames starting from the center of the structure going to the rear. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and remained on scene for almost three hours continuing to put out small fire and overhauling the structure.

At the time of the fire, owners were home but were able to safely evacuate the structure. No one was hurt extinguishing the fire and damage to the structure are estimated at $15,000 dollars with content loss estimated at $5,000 dollars.
The fire is suspected to be started by the use of fireworks.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

The Red Cross was requested to assist the victims of the fire. The other departments that assisted with mutual aid were Orfordville, Footville, and Rockton.

Submitted by:
Lieutenant Addison Sennett
Town of Beloit Fire Department

At approximately 10:02pm on July 4th, 2020, Town of Beloit Fire Department units along with City of Beloit, City of Jane...
07/05/2020

At approximately 10:02pm on July 4th, 2020, Town of Beloit Fire Department units along with City of Beloit, City of Janesville, and Orfordville were dispatched to 6219 S Highway 51, Lot #197, for reports of a structure fire. First arriving units on scene found a mobile home halfway engulfed in flames starting from the center of the structure going to the rear. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and remained on scene for almost three hours continuing to put out small fire and overhauling the structure.

At the time of the fire, owners were home but were able to safely evacuate the structure. No one was hurt extinguishing the fire and damage to the structure are estimated at $15,000 dollars with content loss estimated at $5,000 dollars.
The fire is suspected to be started by the use of fireworks.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

The Red Cross was requested to assist the victims of the fire. The other departments that assisted with mutual aid were Orfordville, Footville, and Rockton.

Submitted by:
Lieutenant Addison Sennett
Town of Beloit Fire Department

At approximately 10:02pm on July 4th, 2020, Town of Beloit Fire Department units along with City of Beloit, City of Janesville, and Orfordville were dispatched to 6219 S Highway 51, Lot #197, for reports of a structure fire. First arriving units on scene found a mobile home halfway engulfed in flames starting from the center of the structure going to the rear. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and remained on scene for almost three hours continuing to put out small fire and overhauling the structure.

At the time of the fire, owners were home but were able to safely evacuate the structure. No one was hurt extinguishing the fire and damage to the structure are estimated at $15,000 dollars with content loss estimated at $5,000 dollars.
The fire is suspected to be started by the use of fireworks.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

The Red Cross was requested to assist the victims of the fire. The other departments that assisted with mutual aid were Orfordville, Footville, and Rockton.

Submitted by:
Lieutenant Addison Sennett
Town of Beloit Fire Department

07/05/2020

The Town of Beloit Fire Department and our neighboring communities responded to numerous fires as a result of fireworks. We love this time of year as much as you all do. Celebration of our people and this country is important but our community safety is important as well. Please be safe.

Town of Beloit
06/08/2020

Town of Beloit

The Town of Beloit is currently looking to hire a full time Finance Director/ Treasurer. Please see the attached posting and job description.

Overnight Fire
06/01/2020

Overnight Fire

Congratulations to all 2020 graduates!
05/28/2020

Congratulations to all 2020 graduates!

05/23/2020

Roads are all cleared out. Thank you to Town of Beloit and Rock County Road crew for quick response. Still high water in some areas. With more rain coming be careful when driving through water on roadways.

05/23/2020

Please avoid Newark road from the river to Highway 213. Especially Newark and Afton and Newark and McKinley lots of mud water. Nye school north of Newark has a wash out area road department heading that way.

Another donation to keep the crews going!!  Thank you Beloit Youth Hockey!!!
05/22/2020

Another donation to keep the crews going!! Thank you Beloit Youth Hockey!!!

Thank you Northern Chill Company for donating 16 cases of mineral water and Wisconsin Distributors for delivering it to ...
05/19/2020

Thank you Northern Chill Company for donating 16 cases of mineral water and Wisconsin Distributors for delivering it to the department.

EMS Week 2020 is none like we have seen before in many years. In the last couple months, EMS agencies throughout this co...
05/19/2020

EMS Week 2020 is none like we have seen before in many years. In the last couple months, EMS agencies throughout this country have been pushed to the limits trying to take care of patients while taking care of themselves. Thank you to ALL EMS workers! Stay strong and stay safe!

This past Saturday was our last birthday parade. Our intentions were to help make all the birthdays a little more specia...
05/19/2020

This past Saturday was our last birthday parade. Our intentions were to help make all the birthdays a little more special during these Covid-19 trying times. By the faces of the kids and the comments made, we definitely succeeded! Thank you to all that reached out to us. Also, thank you to all the firefighters that gave up their free time in order to help out. Stay safe all.

We would like to thank the family from the fire on Sunday night for the gracious donation of pizzas. It is greatly appre...
05/15/2020

We would like to thank the family from the fire on Sunday night for the gracious donation of pizzas. It is greatly appreciated.

As always, we would like to thank our Brothers and Sisters in Blue for their services. Today, we stand beside them and s...
05/15/2020

As always, we would like to thank our Brothers and Sisters in Blue for their services. Today, we stand beside them and salute those that gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving.

Press Release5/10/2020For Immediate ReleaseDeputy Chief Rich Tippelt           On May 10th, 2020, @ 2035 hours, the Town...
05/11/2020

Press Release
5/10/2020
For Immediate Release
Deputy Chief Rich Tippelt

On May 10th, 2020, @ 2035 hours, the Town of Beloit FD, along with automatic mutual aid from the City of Beloit, Orfordville and Town of Turtle Fire Departments, were dispatched to1832 Walters Road for a garage fire. Command arrived on scene and found a fire inside the attached garage. It was confirmed by the homeowner that everyone was out of the house. Units were able to gain access to the garage and extinguish the fire before it reached the interior of the residence. It took crews about a half hour to knock down the fire and an additional hour for overhaul.
No injuries were reported to occupants or firefighters but two cats are unaccounted for.
Total fire damages are estimated at $50,000 including garage, contents and vehicle.
Upon investigation the fire is believed to have started from a chicken heat lamp.

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2445 S Afton Rd
Beloit, WI
53511

General information

OPERATIONS DIVISION The operations division provides emergency response to fires of all types, rescues to include vehicle extrications, and emergency medical calls. Fire suppression activities also include investigating situations that are fire related such as automatic fire alarm activations, smoke or odor investigations, power line or transformer problems, and flammable fuel spills or leaks. A typical response to structural related fire calls including activated fire alarms would include three engine companies, an ambulance, and in rural areas, a tanker. In addition, we would receive an additional automatic-aid engine company and in rural areas, an additional tanker under our automatic aid agreement(s). If the call originates in any of our schools or one of several targeted buildings, an additional engine company or truck company (aerial) also responds. This additional assistance is a valuable tool in controlling a fire early and to meet the resources needed on the scene. Should additional help be needed beyond this, the fire department is part of the MABAS mutual aid system – Division 104 Rock County MUTUAL AID ASSISTANCE Because appointments are not possible in emergency services, the Fire Department maintains mutual aid agreements with over 800 Fire Departments in Wisconsin , Illinois , and Missouri through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). Rock County is known as MABAS Division 104 and includes all fire departments within Rock County . Realistically, we receive and provide mutual aid assistance with emergency services in Rock and Walworth Counties in Wisconsin and Winnabago and Boone Counties in Illinois on a regular basis. There are two types of mutual aid assistance that we utilize, one is automatic mutual aid and the other utilizes the MABAS Box Alarm System. While they may sound familiar, they each have a benefit to enhance our services. Automatic mutual aid response is a pre-arranged response agreement to provide or receive immediate response to predetermined type of incidents and locations from another department. This provides the affected department with additional resources to mitigate an incident, such as a working fire, in the early stages. By doing this, the damage is generally lower and the injuries to civilians and firefighters are reduced. Currently, our department has automatic response agreements with Turtle, Orfordville, Janesville and City of Beloit Fire Departments . The other form of mutual aid assistance is the MABAS mutual aid system. This system consists of over 800 departments in Wisconsin , Illinois , and recently Missouri and provides assistance to each other in the event of an emergency that is beyond the normal capabilities of a community and its surrounding neighbors through a single contractual agreement. Pre-determined “Box Cards” outline what specific equipment is to respond to a specific type of incident. This brings endless resources and manpower to the stricken department in an orderly and structured fashion. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) When a medical emergency arises, members of the Fire Department are trained to provide care at the Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Level. Part of the Beloit Memorial Hospital EMS System, thirty of our personnel are trained to provide emergency medical services. We have two fully - equipped ambulances and three fully-equipped engines to provide emergency medical care. We have the option to call Paramedic intercepts from either the City of Beloit or the City of Janesville for more critically ill or injured patients. We also utilize area Medical Helicopters to fly critically injured trauma patients to area trauma centers. We are fortunate to have Trauma Designated Hospitals both in Rockford Illinois and Madison Wisconsin for critically injured patients or high-risk medical conditions within flight minutes of our jurisdiction. Captain Emett Harold ([email protected]) serves as the Fire Department EMS Coordinator and can be reached at 608-364-2997 Extension 17 TRAINING The training division coordinates all training, including engine company tactics and strategy, fire simulations, apparatus operations, EMT-B and EMT-I instruction and continuing education, hazardous materials response, auto extrication, rescue, confined space, wildland firefighting, and State or Federal mandated programs. The training and continuing education programs provided adhere to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Department of Public Health, and State standards. These are further supported by the department’s involvement in our MABAS Division’s training, Blackhawk Technical College Fjre/EMS Advisory Training Committee, and the Beloit Memorial Hospital EMS System. All of the department firefighters are mandated to be certified to the Firefighter II level within two years of appointment, to include Hazardous Materials Operations and Terrorism Awareness. The Firefighter program is taught through Blackhawk Technical College with several department Instructors serving as lead instructors in the program. Both full-time and paid on call personnel train weekly in order to remain proficient in their individual skills. Personnel trained as emergency medical technicians also are required to spend time annually in the hospital setting and surgical units to be evaluated by Physicians and the Project Medical Director on their skills. The department has a Training Committee with a make up of both full-time and paid-on-call and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting training for all personnel. The committee meets on a frequent basis to discuss up-coming training agendas and to discuss training needs of the department. The committee is also responsible for managing the annual paid-on-call recruitment hiring process. The committee conducts oral interviews, written entry exams, and practical testing. The finalist’s names are then submitted to the Chiefs for a final interview. Assistant Chief Gene Wright ([email protected]) serves as the Training and Safety Officer and can be reached at 608-364-2997 Extension 12. FIRE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION Fire Prevention and Public Education Lieutenent Glen Hennig ([email protected]) and Norm Nitz ([email protected]) head the Fire Prevention Bureau. Routine fire prevention inspections and assignments are conducted by our full-time personnel at all businesses in the Town of Beloit and the Town of Rock . This includes pre-incident planning and identification of special hazards or conditions based on the particular business. The Town of Beloit has adopted NFPA 1 and Wisconsin Com 14 by Ordinance as the fire Codes. The department also by Ordinance adopted the KNOX Box system to provide a means for immediate access to area businesses 24 hours a day. Annually, the department conducts approximately 500 fire inspections. The most common violations are: •Electrical violations (open wires, open boxes, defective wiring) •Misuse of extension cords •Extinguisher violations •Exit light violations •Blocked or locked exits •Unsecured cylinders •Improper exit hardware •Safety can violations for flammable liquids. You may contact Lieutenant Henning at 608-364-2997 Extension 14. Public Education Programs are coordinated by Norm Nitz ([email protected]) and include a variety of topics that promote fire and life safety throughout the home and community. Personnel work with area schools to conduct classes both in the schools and in the Survive Alive House located behind Fire Station #1. The house, built by firefighters from a number of area departments, is similar to any home with the exception that theatrical smoke allows us to create conditions that children and adults, would be faced with in the event of a residential fire. There are also a wide variety of topics that range from fire safety education to fire station tours and visits to neighborhood block parties. You may contact Norm Nitz at 608-364-2997 Extension 13.

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Since officially forming the Town of Beloit Fire Department in the summer of 1956, the Fire Department has been providing quality emergency services to residents and visitors in the area. In the beginning, the Town hired Chief Charles J. Morris as the first Fire Chief who was given the task to build a fire station (which included the Chief's residence), order equipment, including the first fire engine, recruit firefighters, and train them. The original roster, four full-time and 25 volunteers, began training in the basics of firemanship in September 1956 using the Town Hall as their classroom. In February 1957, Fire Station #1 was dedicated along with Engine No.1 and the Fire Department officially went into business with the first structure fire occurring the next day at Pat’s Market on Madison Road. Shortly after, Engine No. 2, a pumper/tanker, was purchased and housed at station #1. In 1959, Engine No. 24, a small pumper, was purchased to be used primarily for grass and brush fires. In 1967, Engine No. 25, a GMC tanker was purchased and placed in service. In 1969, Fire Station #2 on Inman Parkway was built and housed Engine No. 1 and Engine No.24. Four more full-time firefighters were hired and crews began to work a 24 hour on/24 hour off rotation with two personnel plus the Chief at station #1 and two personnel at station #2. For economical reasons in 1974, station #2 was closed and two full-time firefighter positions were eliminated. The station continued to house the two engines that were utilized when needed. Station #2 currently is under remodel but will be housing one engine staffed by off-duty personnel. Through the years, the Town’s needs were such that a combination full-time/paid-on-call department was warranted to provide for the needs of the area. Today, the Fire Department consists of thirteen full-time firefighters, including the Chief and Deputy Chiefs, and thirty-six paid-on-call firefighters. The firefighters are divided up into three shifts with four full-time members on each shift. Paid-on-call firefighters sign up for up to 96 on-call hours a month.

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Why no Pancake breakfast? Has been a family tradition in my family for decades.
WHY, WHY, WHY is open burning of yard waste allowed ???The communites around the township realize how much misery it causes to people with respiratory problems. It's not like the smoke and fumes stay in a designated area.
Grateful and heart-felt thanks for your rescue of my GSD from the frozen river after she bolted from me trying to put her on her lead this morning. YOU guys are the BEST.
Congratulations Kathy Greene Sukus on a well deserved award!
Thank you Beloit PD Sgt. Flanagan for this important information and learning points.
Do you accept gently used stuffed animals for fire victims?
Thank You guys for helping my wife, That was her with the car that broke down yesterday.
Has the burning ban been lifted?
Does anyone know when spring open burn is?
Our fire dept. Rides around and hand out chips to the kiddos. So nice to see such outreach to the community. Thank you for what you do. You are all rock stars.
Rainbow over the you guy's today. God's watching over you all.
Maybe our area could send some too? This is my hometown Greenfield, WI https://www.facebook.com/GreenfieldFireRescue/posts/10156573563573135