Oconto Fire & Rescue

Oconto Fire & Rescue The City of Oconto Fire and Rescue Department is a public safety organization that provides fire, rescue, and emergency services to its city, and townships that it protects.
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This week is National Police Week.  Oconto Fire Rescue would like to honor and thank all law enforcement officers and ag...
05/11/2021

This week is National Police Week. Oconto Fire Rescue would like to honor and thank all law enforcement officers and agencies, past and present, for their incredible sacrifices they make day in and day out for our communities. Your hard work and dedication to keeping us all safe does not go unnoticed! We also would like to remember this week those officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe as well, thank you!

This week is National Police Week. Oconto Fire Rescue would like to honor and thank all law enforcement officers and agencies, past and present, for their incredible sacrifices they make day in and day out for our communities. Your hard work and dedication to keeping us all safe does not go unnoticed! We also would like to remember this week those officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe as well, thank you!

05/09/2021

****For Immediate Release****

Vehicle fire at Copper Culture State Park

On Sunday 5/9/2021 in the afternoon at approximately 2:12 PM, the Oconto Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to 134 Copper Culture Way in the City of Oconto for a vehicle on fire. It was reported that all occupants of the vehicle had exited and were unharmed.

The station crew on duty was already on a separate ambulance call. First arriving crews found an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of Copper Culture State Park. The vehicle was fully engulfed in fire. A 1 ¾ inch preconnected hose was stretched and crews extinguished the fire. Crews pried open the hood and trunk with extrication tools and extinguished hot spots found with a thermal imaging camera. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

1 engine, one rescue truck, one ambulance and 9 Oconto Fire Rescue Firefighters responded to the incident. One Oconto Police Department Officer and one Oconto County Sheriff’s Deputy were also on scene.

John Floyd
Firefighter / AEMT

No matter how you are a mother, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day
05/09/2021

No matter how you are a mother, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

No matter how you are a mother, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

This Saturday is the 2021 Miles 4 Madyson run in Oconto. The run starts at 8 AM. The run course is in blue on the map. T...
05/06/2021

This Saturday is the 2021 Miles 4 Madyson run in Oconto. The run starts at 8 AM. The run course is in blue on the map. Traffic cones will be set out along the route early in the morning for runner safety. Emergency services personnel will be controlling traffic at various intersections for additional runner safety. Please be aware of runners on the road and exercise caution.

This Saturday is the 2021 Miles 4 Madyson run in Oconto. The run starts at 8 AM. The run course is in blue on the map. Traffic cones will be set out along the route early in the morning for runner safety. Emergency services personnel will be controlling traffic at various intersections for additional runner safety. Please be aware of runners on the road and exercise caution.

As opening weekend of fishing approaches, we would like to remind you of some fishing and boating safety tips!-If using ...
04/30/2021

As opening weekend of fishing approaches, we would like to remind you of some fishing and boating safety tips!

-If using a boat to fish, your most important piece of boat safety equipment is your life jacket
-Whenever around water or in a boat, small children should wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) that fits properly.
-Know how to properly use the rescue devices.
-Make sure all required equipment and a first-aid box are in the boat before going fishing. When an emergency happens, you don't want to have to go back to shore to get what you forgot
-Don't leave your tackle lying on the ground. Someone may trip and fall on it, step on a hook, or even break your tackle!

We would like to wish all of those fishing this weekend good luck, and to be safe!

As opening weekend of fishing approaches, we would like to remind you of some fishing and boating safety tips!

-If using a boat to fish, your most important piece of boat safety equipment is your life jacket
-Whenever around water or in a boat, small children should wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) that fits properly.
-Know how to properly use the rescue devices.
-Make sure all required equipment and a first-aid box are in the boat before going fishing. When an emergency happens, you don't want to have to go back to shore to get what you forgot
-Don't leave your tackle lying on the ground. Someone may trip and fall on it, step on a hook, or even break your tackle!

We would like to wish all of those fishing this weekend good luck, and to be safe!

04/27/2021
Highway Safety - Every Driver Makes A Difference!

Wisconsin DOT statistics show that last season, even with the reduced traffic volumes in the pandemic, there was a work zone crash every 3.5 hours in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Patrol has noticed a sharp increase in citations for drivers exceeding 100 mph on our highways. WisDOT staff encourage all drivers to eliminate distractions, mind speed and watch for workers. Your safe actions behind the wheel play a key role in safer highways for all!

Springtime Safety Tip!Properly use and store gasoline-Use gasoline only as motor fuel, never as a cleaner or to break do...
04/23/2021

Springtime Safety Tip!

Properly use and store gasoline

-Use gasoline only as motor fuel, never as a cleaner or to break down grease.
-Only store gasoline in a container that is sold for that purpose and never bring it indoors, even in small amounts.
-Never store gasoline containers in a basement or in the occupied space of a building. Keep them in a detached garage or an outdoor shed.
-Make sure the container is tightly capped when not in use.

Springtime Safety Tip!

Properly use and store gasoline

-Use gasoline only as motor fuel, never as a cleaner or to break down grease.
-Only store gasoline in a container that is sold for that purpose and never bring it indoors, even in small amounts.
-Never store gasoline containers in a basement or in the occupied space of a building. Keep them in a detached garage or an outdoor shed.
-Make sure the container is tightly capped when not in use.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 11-17.  Every day we are thankful for the men and women who, quit...
04/11/2021

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 11-17. Every day we are thankful for the men and women who, quite literally, answer the call and we invite others to help acknowledge the vital and often unrecognized work done by these professionals.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 11-17. Every day we are thankful for the men and women who, quite literally, answer the call and we invite others to help acknowledge the vital and often unrecognized work done by these professionals.

04/11/2021

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Car Fire

On Saturday 4/10/21 in the evening at approximately 10:25 PM, the Oconto Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to 116 Call Ave in the City of Oconto initially for the report of a structure fire. It was reported that it was unknown if occupants were out of the house. In route we were informed the fire was actually a vehicle fire. The vehicle was reported to be fully involved and next to a garage and between 2 houses. It was reported the occupants were out of the house and car and everyone was ok.

First arriving crews found an unoccupied vehicle with the front bumper very close to the smaller garage and the car was completely involved with fire. 1 ¾ inch hand line with foam was deployed with the help of 2 Oconto police officers that were on scene. Car fire was knocked down and exposures were protected until the other incoming crews arrived. Fire extension was searched for with a thermal imaging camera on the exposed garage and the car was searched for any hotspots, being cooled as they were found.

2 engines, 1 Ladder truck, one command truck, one rescue truck, and one ambulance and approximately 15 Oconto Fire Rescue Firefighters responded to the incident. Two Oconto Police Department Officers also responded to assist with traffic control. They also assisted on initial hose deployment.

The fire is under investigation at this time. The vehicle involved, a 2001 Toyota Echo is considered to be a total loss. There were no reported injuries to any civilians or firefighters.

Captain Travis Cain
Oconto Fire Rescue

Today we performed annual hose testing. Each truck was stripped of all hose. Every hose was pressure tested to specifica...
04/10/2021

Today we performed annual hose testing. Each truck was stripped of all hose. Every hose was pressure tested to specification and then re-loaded. Thank you to Cruisers Yachts for letting us borrow your parking lot today! Thank you to Jonathon Ladwig of NWTC for loaning us some testing adapters!

04/08/2021

##########For Immediate Release##########

Car Fire

On Wednesday morning, April 7, 2021, at approximately 11:08 am, the Oconto Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to Charles St. near West Ave., in the City of Oconto for a report of a vehicle fire.

First arriving crews found an unoccupied pickup truck with the driver’s compartment and cargo bed fully engulfed with flames. Crews used a 1 ¾” hand line with 800 gallons of water to quickly extinguish the blaze. Crews then used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hot spots.

One engine, one command Truck, one rescue truck, and one ambulance and approximately 7 Oconto Fire Rescue Firefighters responded to the incident. Two Oconto Police Department Officers also responded to assist with traffic control.

The fire is under investigation at this time. The vehicle involved, a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 is considered to be a total loss. There were no reported injuries to any civilians or firefighters.




Deputy Chief Ryan Pecha
Oconto Fire & Rescue Dept.

During last nights fire training, firefighters worked on their search and rescue, mayday, and firefighter down CPR skill...
04/08/2021

During last nights fire training, firefighters worked on their search and rescue, mayday, and firefighter down CPR skills. These skills consisted of teams entering the building with blacked out face masks, searching for a victim, calling “mayday” for an additional search team, and bringing the victim out. Firefighters also practiced removing turnout gear on downed firefighters to preform CPR.

A friendly reminder that the fire danger across the state is in the "very high" category.
04/04/2021

A friendly reminder that the fire danger across the state is in the "very high" category.

A friendly reminder that the fire danger across the state is in the "very high" category.

Due to fire weather conditions, burning is NOT allowed today. Fire danger is VERY HIGH. Therefore, burning in barrels, d...
04/02/2021

Due to fire weather conditions, burning is NOT allowed today. Fire danger is VERY HIGH. Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. Campfires, though strongly discouraged, are permitted if used solely for cooking or warming purposes, but please use extreme caution.

Due to fire weather conditions, burning is NOT allowed today. Fire danger is VERY HIGH. Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. Campfires, though strongly discouraged, are permitted if used solely for cooking or warming purposes, but please use extreme caution.

Last night, Oconto Fire Rescue Department held a Pinning Ceremony that has been long overdue.  A badge pinning ceremony ...
03/26/2021

Last night, Oconto Fire Rescue Department held a Pinning Ceremony that has been long overdue. A badge pinning ceremony is a long standing Firefighter tradition, signifying the introduction of department members to their new duties and welcoming new members to the department. A Firefighter gets to chose who pins their badge in the ceremony. A new firefighter must earn the right to wear their badge and helmet shield. An officer's badge proudly shows the rank that they have earned.

Due to department retirements in 2020 our officer core has changed dramatically. These officers have been in place and performing their responsibilities since last year. Chief Josh Bostedt, Deputy Chief Ryan Pecha, Captain Travis Cain, and Lieutenant Tabitha VandeVoort all received their officer badges.

Gavin Kuerschner was a new career hire in July 2020. Steve McFadden was hired as a career position and promoted from paid-on-call member in January 2021.

Rebecca LeBreck, Merle Petersen, Danny Cardinal, Lara Nichols, Amanda Bornfleth and Amanda Schultz were hired as paid-in-call members in 2019 and received their badges and helmet shields.

Mitchell McFadden, Matt Hoffman, Brandon Madson and Shawn Demuth were promoted as paid-on-call crew leaders and received new helmet shields.

Congratulations to all! Thank you to all the family that came in support last night! Thank you also to the Oconto Police Department for your support!

Bayshore residents please be aware of potential changing conditions today.
03/21/2021

Bayshore residents please be aware of potential changing conditions today.

Bayshore residents please be aware of potential changing conditions today.

03/21/2021

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Report of a House Fire

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2020 at approximately 10:47 a.m., Oconto Fire and Rescue Department units were dispatched to 2449 Frog Pond Road in the City of Oconto for a report of a structure fire in an unattached garage.

Responding Oconto Fire and Rescue Department Crews arrived on scene and found smoke coming from an open overhead garage door. All occupants were able to evacuate prior to fire department arrival on scene. The occupants extinguished the majority of the fire prior to the fire departments arrival. Fire Crews were able to perform a quick knock down of the remaining flames and began cooling the hot embers in the wood pile, rafters, and ceiling. Fire crews completed several thermal image camera, temperature readings checking for any additional fire extension, none were found.

Oconto Fire Rescue Department responded with one engine, one tender, one ambulance, one rescue vehicle, one command truck and nine personnel. One Oconto Police officer and one deputy from the Oconto County Sherriff’s department also responded.

The fire was contained to one side of the garage which sustained moderate damage. The cause is still under investigation. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

Lieutenant Tabitha Vande Voort
Oconto Fire Rescue Department

Also remember that if you’re burning brush in the City, you need to get a no cost burning permit from the fire station. ...
03/20/2021

Also remember that if you’re burning brush in the City, you need to get a no cost burning permit from the fire station. Don’t forget to check burning conditions too.

Did you know Wisconsin has a wildfire season?

Unlike out west, the spring is the most dangerous time for wildfires in our state. After the snow melts and before plants, trees and grass turn green, there’s a lot that can catch on fire and spread quickly.

In 2020, 782 wildfires burned 1,630 acres across Wisconsin.

With little snow still on the ground, let’s all do our part to be fire smart.
*Get your no-cost burn permit online and check fire danger daily before burning.
*Avoid burning under windy conditions.
* Make sure to have all the necessary tools nearby, including water, to keep your fire contained.
*Ensure your fire is completely out before leaving it unattended.

We expect fire danger to be high across the state this weekend. Learn more about how you can help keep Wisconsin safe: http://bit.ly/WiFireDanger

03/19/2021

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Smell of Smoke

On Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:39 AM, Oconto Fire Rescue received a call at the station with a request to respond to 103 Bralick Way, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, in the City of Oconto for the report of a strong smell of something burning in the building. While responding, we notified Oconto 911, and requested them to page out an “all call” for additional fire department members to respond.

At this address, crews found a small sized commercial building. No smoke or flames were visible. There were several occupants inside the building when crews arrived. Crew contacted the occupants requested everyone to evacuate the building. Employee’s reported there was a smell of smoke in the corner office, but no smoke was visible. Crews entered with multi-gas meters and thermal imaging cameras to begin an investigation. No readings on either meter were detected. Crews searched the entire building, including the ballasts for the lighting and the void space above the ceiling tiles with thermal imaging cameras and multi-gas meters. After talking with staff, it was determined that one of the lights had been flickering earlier in the morning, and now had gone out. After further investigation, we found burnt ballast on one of the lights.

Two engines and one ambulance responded with 7 firefighters. An Oconto Police Department officer assisted on scene as well. No injuries were reported.

Oconto Fire Rescue would like to remind everyone the importance of calling 911 for emergencies.

Cody Henry
Firefighter/AEMT
Oconto Fire Rescue

Tonight, our firefighters and EMTs ran some of our apparatus through the cone course.  These skills are important as the...
03/18/2021

Tonight, our firefighters and EMTs ran some of our apparatus through the cone course. These skills are important as they simulate some of the various maneuvers that may have to be performed while responding to an emergency, or once on scene to position the apparatus to accomplish different tasks. Some members of the department had their first experience driving the fire apparatus! For some other members, they had an opportunity to further refine their skills.

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Is there any news on the house fire on County S on the bay? happened last Wed or Thurs
Thought you all might like to watch this recovery.. seeing we live on the water.. https://www.facebook.com/804900366368607/posts/1244890672369572/
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Just a reminder Our dinner for all of you Fire and Rescue squads, is this evening @ 6pm in the City Hall dining area...Lots of good foods, hope to see our Hometown Hero's there.
Facebook is a Great wealth of information, especially when there are emergent situations in our Community. We know that you are out there doing what needs to be done to keep us safe. Some of us have formed a citizens group that is putting together a Thank You meal. This meal is for Our Fire & Rescue, Oconto Police Department, Sheriff's Department and Parks & Recreation & the Volunteers that worked long hours during the flooding crisis. We are extending an invitation to you Chief John Reed, your wife and your crew/spouses to join us on January 9th 6 pm @ the city hall dining area, Just our little Thank you for all that you do!
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