Black River Falls Fire Department

Black River Falls Fire Department This page is a public outreach effort by the Black River Falls Fire Dept. We will share fire safety information, and update the community about the dept.
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Black River Falls Fire Department was started in 1872 and at that time was called Albion Hose Company #1. The department currently serves an area of 300 square miles for fire protection. This area includes the city of Black River Falls, and all or part of the townships of Adams, Alma, Albion, Brockway, Irving, Komensky, Manchester, and Millston. BRFFD also operates a county wide ambulance service that has its own page. They serve this area from one station located in Black River Falls. We can be found online at blackriverfalls.us/fire-department

5-17-2020 At 8:48am the Black River Falls Fire Department was paged for mutual aid to assist Hixton Fire Department for ...
05/17/2020

5-17-2020 At 8:48am the Black River Falls Fire Department was paged for mutual aid to assist Hixton Fire Department for possible multiple sheds on fire. Apparatus requested from BRFFD was Squad 1, Tender, and Engine 3 The department had 13 members respond to assist. We were canceled while in route to the scene.

Happy EMS Week to all of the members on Black River Falls Ems, Hatfield First Responders, Hixton First Responders, Alma ...
05/17/2020

Happy EMS Week to all of the members on Black River Falls Ems, Hatfield First Responders, Hixton First Responders, Alma Center First Responders, Merrillan First Responders, Taylor First Responders, Melrose First Responders! Thank you for all that you do for your communities!!

At 10:51am Black River Falls Fire and EMS were paged to Crawford Hills Motorcycle/ATV Park in the Township of Komensky f...
05/16/2020

At 10:51am Black River Falls Fire and EMS were paged to Crawford Hills Motorcycle/ATV Park in the Township of Komensky for a motorcycle accident. Patient was on the motorcycle trail system of the park. BRF FD/Black River Falls Ems responded to the scene. Hatfield Fire and EMS were requested for more help with getting patient out of the remote location. All units have cleared the scene. Thanks to Hatfield FD, Jackson County Sheriffs Department and WI DNR for the help. Thanks to all the ATV, UTV and Motorcycle riders for your patience while we had the system shut down.

05/16/2020

Thank you to Hixton, Hatfield, Alma Center, City Point, Melrose, Merrillan Fire Departments, WI-DNR Fire Control and the Black River Falls Police Department for your help today!

Congratulations Chief Steve Schreiber on your Retirement!
05/15/2020

Congratulations Chief Steve Schreiber on your Retirement!

Black River Falls Downtown Association
05/14/2020

Black River Falls Downtown Association

Just another update for you. Your DTA is having all the fire Hydrants in the downtown area repainted. They will be the traditional red fire Hydrant but you'll notice that the main discharge cap will be painted blue. This is a visual aide to help our Fire Department in an emergency. The blue color tells them how much water can flow through that hydrant. We will also be repainting all of the wooden signposts in the downtown area and the wooden posts on the top and bottom of the bridge. Getting things spruced up to maintain our beautiful downtown Black River Falls.

The Black River Falls Fire Department/EMS Division received a check for $3000 from the Black River Country Bank. The Fed...
05/13/2020

The Black River Falls Fire Department/EMS Division received a check for $3000 from the Black River Country Bank. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) has offered the COVID-19 Relief Program to member organizations like Black River Country Bank. Black River Country Bank received the funding to support those “boots on the ground” organizations that are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thanks goes out to Black River Country Bank for thinking about the EMS Division and all EMS responders in Jackson County with their donation. We are hoping to utilize the money to purchase some additional decontamination equipment to help clean the response apparatus and equipment more efficiently and effectively.

Fire Chief Steve Schreiber was honored by Rep. Treig Pronschinske yesterday for his 40 years of service to the community...
05/13/2020

Fire Chief Steve Schreiber was honored by Rep. Treig Pronschinske yesterday for his 40 years of service to the community. Congratulations Chief!

BRF station is getting some fresh air while we do some cleaning. Unfortunately we are still closed to the public, but if...
04/28/2020

BRF station is getting some fresh air while we do some cleaning. Unfortunately we are still closed to the public, but if you see our trucks or ambulances out, give us a wave! Hopefully soon we can be back open and welcome to those wanting to visit! Hope everyone is staying safe.

May 4-5 #ShineYourLight4Firefighters
04/27/2020

May 4-5 #ShineYourLight4Firefighters

Melrose Volunteer Fire Department
04/25/2020

Melrose Volunteer Fire Department

At about 1240 this afternoon Melrose FD , 1st responders and BRF Rescue was called to a scene in the area of the town of North Bend, Franklin line where a local farmer was attacked by a bull. 1st resp. and BRF Rescue along with Gunderson Air personal gave medical help while Melrose Fire and Jackson Co. Sheriffs Dept. did traffic and set up a LZ. The patient was transported by Gunderson Air to the Hospital. All clear at 1350 hours.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Steve Schreiber Fire Chief April 21, 2020 To: Area Media and Press RE: Black River Fire Chief Reti...
04/22/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Steve Schreiber
Fire Chief
April 21, 2020
To: Area Media and Press
RE: Black River Fire Chief Retirement

Several months ago, I advised that I would be retiring as the Black River Falls Fire Chief in 2020. After 40 years of working in emergency services of some form, (1st Responder, Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Police Officer, Ambulance Service Director and Fire Chief), I will be retiring as Fire Chief on May 15, 2020 from the City of Black River Falls and Black River Rural Fire Department. I have served 33 years and 7 months as a fulltime public employee.

It all started back in the spring of 1980 when I joined the Alma Center Volunteer Fire Department right out of high school. In the fall of 1982 I became a medical 1st Responder and for a few years I was the only one with the 1s' Responder training in the Alma Center Area. In 1986 along with Bruce and Sally Cormican we became the founding members of the Alma Center 1st Responders. I attended “District One Technical College" in Eau Claire and completed the associate degree program in police science. It was October 1986 that I became a certified law enforcement officer upon completing the 320 hour Wisconsin Training and Standards Recruit Course. I started full time in 1987 as a police officer for the City of Black River Falls. In 1991 I accepted a position at the fire department as the Emergency Medical Services Director, which I held for 14 years. During this time I also served on the fire department as a firefighter, captain and assistant chief. In 2003 I was hired as the Fire Chief.

I never thought this day would come, and still finding it very hard to believe that it has. I am excited about my impending retirement, but the decision is bittersweet, as well. Aside from my immediate family, I cannot think of a family I am happier and more proud to have been a part of which, is our nation's fire service family! It has been an amazing journey with some very sad memories, but many more great memories.

I must to express my “Thanks” to the Black River Falls area community for their outstanding support over the years of both myself and the department. Without the community support shown over the years the department would not have the trained department members or equipment needed to respond in a time of need.

Take care and be fire safe!

Sincerely,

Chief Steve Schreiber

Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI
04/16/2020

Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI

UPDATE - BOTH INMATES THAT ESCAPED ARE IN CUSTODY. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED LATER.

Additional information as of 7:20 pm on April 16th: This afternoon there was a single report from a citizen that stated they saw two people running through a field near a wooded area off of the interstate around County Road K. Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the area and a massive and thorough search was conducted. No evidence or indication of anyone in this area was found.

Deputies from Dane and Sauk County Sheriff’s Offices along with Lodi PD, State Patrol, DNR, and the U.S. Marshals assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in this search. We utilized drones, an airplane, canine units, and thermal imagery units during this search.

The two escaped inmates remain at large and are considered dangerous. Although they have not been located there is information that these two escaped prisoners have traveled out of the immediate area.  As this is a fluid investigation, we take threats to our community seriously and will investigate those credible leads.

The investigation continues and we will alert the public if any additional information comes to our attention. 

Additional update: These individuals are considered dangerous. Anyone that has information regarding the whereabouts of these escaped suspects should immediately call law enforcement.

The immediate public around Portage is no longer in danger. We believe the suspects have traveled outside of Columbia County. The two inmates below are the two that are confirmed missing. Thank you to all the citizens that called and assisted.***

Report of inmate escape at Columbia Correctional Facility (CCI) please lock your doors, and stay home. See anyone suspicious call 911. This is an ongoing investigation. Both white males, James Robert Newman age 37 and Thomas E Deering age 46.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI
04/16/2020

Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI

UPDATE - BOTH INMATES THAT ESCAPED ARE IN CUSTODY. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED LATER.

Additional information as of 7:20 pm on April 16th: This afternoon there was a single report from a citizen that stated they saw two people running through a field near a wooded area off of the interstate around County Road K. Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the area and a massive and thorough search was conducted. No evidence or indication of anyone in this area was found.

Deputies from Dane and Sauk County Sheriff’s Offices along with Lodi PD, State Patrol, DNR, and the U.S. Marshals assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in this search. We utilized drones, an airplane, canine units, and thermal imagery units during this search.

The two escaped inmates remain at large and are considered dangerous. Although they have not been located there is information that these two escaped prisoners have traveled out of the immediate area.  As this is a fluid investigation, we take threats to our community seriously and will investigate those credible leads.

The investigation continues and we will alert the public if any additional information comes to our attention. 

Additional update: These individuals are considered dangerous. Anyone that has information regarding the whereabouts of these escaped suspects should immediately call law enforcement.

The immediate public around Portage is no longer in danger. We believe the suspects have traveled outside of Columbia County. The two inmates below are the two that are confirmed missing. Thank you to all the citizens that called and assisted.***

Report of inmate escape at Columbia Correctional Facility (CCI) please lock your doors, and stay home. See anyone suspicious call 911. This is an ongoing investigation. Both white males, James Robert Newman age 37 and Thomas E Deering age 46.

Jackson County Public Health
04/13/2020

Jackson County Public Health

Please see the below regarding Jackson County's first Covid-19 related death. Our sympathies are with the family during this difficult time.

Thank you to all the Dispatchers out there!
04/12/2020

Thank you to all the Dispatchers out there!

At 9:20 this morning, BRFFD responded to a multi-unit residential building fire in Brockway.  Based on dispatch info,  i...
04/04/2020

At 9:20 this morning, BRFFD responded to a multi-unit residential building fire in Brockway. Based on dispatch info, immediate mutual aid was requested for an engine from Hixton and an engine from Merrillan. This boosted the response to 3 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 heavy rescue, and an ambulance. On arrival, command found heavy smoke showing from the first floor of the building. BRF Engine 1 arrived and began an immediate aggressive interior attack. Engine 1 encountered heavy fire conditions inside the apartment. Other arriving units ventilated and checked for fire extension in the 2nd floor and adjacent units. The fire was declared controlled & extinguished at 9:54. This is all the info we are prepared to release.
We'd like to thank all assisting agencies for their quick response.

City of La Crosse Fire Department
03/29/2020

City of La Crosse Fire Department

We’re cleaning lots these days. This is important to reducing the spread of the virus. Please don’t be mixing household chemicals though. Bad stuff can happen when you do

Jackson County Public Health
03/29/2020

Jackson County Public Health

Please see the below information regarding our first confirmed case in Jackson County. #saferathome #StayHomeStayHealthySaveLives

We would like to thank PriceLand Hemp Growers for their donation of gloves and hand sanitizer. Supplies are short around...
03/27/2020

We would like to thank PriceLand Hemp Growers for their donation of gloves and hand sanitizer. Supplies are short around the state right now so it is much appreciated!

03/26/2020

Black River Falls Fire and Rescue Serving Our Community Since 1872. #brfstrong

The doors are down, all is peaceful but we do stand ready! On Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 pm we opened our bay doors an...
03/26/2020

The doors are down, all is peaceful but we do stand ready! On Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 pm we opened our bay doors and turn on the lights on all of our trucks as a sign of strength and hope for all along with departments across the country. This just a small sign of strength and hope for all who work daily in EMS, Fire and Law enforcement to be ready. To give strength for those working around the clock to provide care. To those who strive to find the right medicine to help. For the ones in the food/grocery industry working around the clock to feed us and to those many miles on the road trucking daily to keep us going.

You can do your part at home, too! Turn your porch light on...💡Let us all know you’re fine and have hope.

We ask all with red, blue, white or your department colors...Light ‘em up and turn them on. Maybe just maybe, we’ll create five minutes of smiles and peace.

City of Black River Falls - Government
03/25/2020

City of Black River Falls - Government

Notice of Parks Use for City of Black River Falls:

In these days of health protection safety, we need to be very careful of where we play. With that in mind, I would like to remind people of just what the City Parks & Recreation Department is doing. We will have the Parks open for public use in a limited fashion. They will be open for walking and open ground area playing. Even though the Parks are open, the Playground Area and the Equipment is closed to the public. This includes swings, slides, seesaws, twirls, bouncing toys and play structures and any other usable playground pieces not mentioned.

It is not possible for us to protect everyone from germs on playground equipment. That would require someone to be there all daylight hours watching for someone to touch them and then we try to clean up with some type of spray that we aren’t sure works. This isn’t a realistic option.

Until further notice our parks bathrooms that normally open up in early April will also be closed until we get an okay from the State Health Department. We are removing the portable toilets that are located in several parks for health safety reasons. I don’t like to do this anymore than you like to see it done. However, these are trying times and we all need to do what we can to keep our friends and neighbors safe.

Please enjoy the Parks in the limited ways that we can offer. We hope to be open for your full enjoyment as soon as possible.

Steven Peterson
City of BRF Parks & Recreation Department

Jackson County Wisconsin Sheriff's Office
03/25/2020

Jackson County Wisconsin Sheriff's Office

Please see the attached media release for our response to Governor Evers' Safer at Home order, effective as of 8 AM today, March 25th. More information is available by following the links below.

Safer at Home FAQs Link:
https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/Safer%20at%20Home%20FAQ%203.24.20.pdf

EMO12-SaferatHome Link:
https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Black River Falls Fire was paged today at 13:34 hours for a vehicle fire in the Township of Adams. Units responded to th...
03/22/2020

Black River Falls Fire was paged today at 13:34 hours for a vehicle fire in the Township of Adams. Units responded to the scene at 13:40.

Fire was out at 13:50.

All units are back at the station and ready to respond at 14:21.

Responding Units:
Command
Engine 1
Tender 1
Tender 2

03/22/2020

2019 Year Review:

The Black River Falls Fire Department responded to 226 alarms in 2019. This was down 8 calls from 2018. Our 10 year average is 218 calls.

The district had a total fire loss of $1,033,077 for the year. This total is up $237,577.00 from 2018. The 10 year average is $1,339,448.00. This average was increased by $43,351.00 from 2018.

The department had a very busy year. We would like to say “Thank you” to our community for your support. We look forward to serving you in 2020 and beyond.

At 11:29 A.M. today, the Black River Falls Fire Department was paged by Jackson County Emergency Dispatch to an address ...
03/21/2020

At 11:29 A.M. today, the Black River Falls Fire Department was paged by Jackson County Emergency Dispatch to an address in the Township of Adams, for a vehicle fire . Units went in route to the scene at 11:36. Dispatch advised at that time the vehicle was close to a structure. Units arrived on scene and made a quick attack on the fire and extinguished it. Minor damage was done to the garage. Vehicle is a total loss. All units are clear and back in quarters at 12:08 P.M.

Thanks to Black River Falls Ems for being on scene in case there were any injuries.

Thanks to Jackson County Dispatch for your help.

Units that responded :

Command Truck
Engine 1
Tender 1
Black River Falls Rescue 3

This is all the information that will be released.

03/18/2020
Black River Falls Fire Department

Black River Falls Fire Department

Due to the recent events involving COVID-19, we will be closing the Black River Falls Fire Station to all non-response related business. This will hopefully limit our citizens and our staff to potential exposures. This will not affect our ability to respond to emergency calls. Station tours, car seat checks, CPR classes, and walk-in business will be postponed until further notice.

If you have any questions, call the station at 715-284-2656 and we should be able to assist you as long as we are in the station. As always, if you have an emergency dial 911. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, our county health department is equipped to provide the most up to date information.

Thank you for your understanding

Address

30 S Water St P.O. Box 455
Black River Falls, WI
54615

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 17:00
Thursday 06:00 - 17:00
Friday 06:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(715) 284-2656

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I just want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Sue Shepeard Gilbertson for making this Christmas ornament for us all down at the station. It is very much appreciated❤
Some great looking Fire Department! Thanks for ALL you do for the Community!
Thoughts and prayers to all with the loss of Alec.
Not very bright are we? Parking the command vehicle dead center blocking a private drive. Could have parked back one car length with lots of room.
International Overdose Awareness Day August 31, 2017 ~~~~~~MEMORIAL~~~~~~ ~~~ BALLOON RELEASE ~~~ Veteran's Park, Black River Falls Start: 5:00 PM Release: 5:30 PM Let's remember our loved ones... We will write our loved ones name/memorial on a balloon and release to the heavens....❤ Balloons and material provided. EVERYONE IS INVITED. #StoptheStigma Of Addiction and Network For Youth working together to bring awareness. Contact us: Tena Quackenbush 715-299-4130 Donna Sigler 715-896-8288
What a great bunch of guys they get to play with water and mud
What a fine group of guys they get to play with water and make mud
Thank you Black River Falls for your continued relationship with Scott Air packs. Thank you from Jefferson Fire and Safety and I for your purchase of the new X3.
Sometimes that new smell is nice to have. Thank you folks for purchasing Scott air packs.