Fire stations of the world: Greenville Fire and Safety Building in Greenville, Wisconsin, US
The new Greenville Fire and Safety Building in the Town of Greenville in Wisconsin, US, was completed in December 2019. This new 22 763-square-foot fire station is equipped with a state-of-the-art apparatus bay with six drive-through stalls. The building includes administrative and office spaces as well as a 2 000-square-foot training/community room. An eye-catching hose tower along with a concrete pad located in the northwest corner of the parking lot will be utilised for training exercises.
This facility is an asset to the community, allowing the fire department to keep citizens and volunteers safe for years to come.
Currently, the Greenville Fire Department protection district covers over 36 square miles, which includes a diverse community of business, industry and residential subdivisions along with a number of rural farms. Several business and industrial parks are home to many large companies such as Amazon, Federal Express, Gulfstream, School Specialties, Cintas, and Plexus not to mention the Appleton International Airport, the fourth largest airport in Wisconsin. The Village of Greenville has undergone a period of vigorous growth since 1990 adding many new retail businesses, restaurants, medical and dental clinics over the past few years. The residential housing boom has expanded our population.
The Greenville Fire Department is comprised of approximately 55 fire fighters and officers plus 16 EMS-first responders. They have full-time fire fighter/first responders and their paid on call members receive a stipend for each call attended. The State of Wisconsin classifies fire departments into three basic categories: career, combination and volunteer departments. A career fire department is one that 100 percent of the members are full or part-time paid employees. A combination department is one that is made up of full, part-time but relies on “paid-on-call” or volunteer members to compliment staffing. Volunteer departments are predominantly made up of volunteers and “paid-on-call” members.
All candidates hired are required to successfully complete approximately 100 hours of classroom training and earning State of Wisconsin Firefighter I certification. This training, which includes structural fire fighting, rescue skills and hazardous material awareness, is taught at various Technical Colleges in conjunction with the NFPA 1001 standard (Standard for fire fighter professional qualifications). Many fire fighters go on to take classes for enhanced qualifications such as Firefighter II, Driver/Operator-Pumper, Fire Officer and Fire Inspector. Even though they train as a department at least twice each month, there are many additional outside training opportunities that some fire fighters take advantage of on their own personal time to stay on the cutting edge of technology and tactics. Having these individuals willing to go above and beyond demonstrates their dedication and leadership that is such an asset to the Greenville Fire Department.
Prior to 1972, the Village of (thenTown) of Greenville’s fire protection was the shared responsibility between the towns of Hortonville and Ellington. Sometime during the mid-1960’s, Greenville residents decided that it was taking too long for the fire department to respond to any fire and they decided to get the ball rolling for their own fire department. Bids for a new building to house fire equipment were requested in 1967 and by 1969, Greenville had its very own fire barn. The first piece of apparatus we had was a 1948 model that was purchased from Hortonville during the transition to a separate department. The department finally went solo in 1972, operating as a separate entity with Norbert Sigl as the first appointed fire chief. Initially, the fire chief would get the call for help and he in turn would call another fire fighter who then would call others and give the details of the fire call. Over the years they have progressed with new trucks, equipment and many new faces on the department. Today their department roster is authorised to carry up to 55 fire fighters and officers. The EMS first responder group is a separate entity but still under the supervision of the fire chief. The group consists of 16 first responders, some of whom work double-duty as fire fighters. In 2020, the fire department/first responders responded to 574 Fire/EMS calls.
“Ours is a serious job
Take what we do seriously
Train like it’s real
Be Safe and Have Fun”
Sources: Greenville Fire Department, Miron Construction