Fire Department

Jacksonport firefighters training in winter at a simulated auto accident.
Jacksonport firefighters training in winter at a simulated auto accident.

About Our Fire Department

Jacksonport prides itself on its volunteer fire department. Its members are the truest of public servants. When their pagers sound, the men and women who provide fire protection and first-response medical aid race from jobs or homes to aid those in need.

They train constantly, attend seminars, acquire new skills, maintain equipment, clear storm-fallen trees, pitch in for town celebrations and run their own fund-raising events.

When Jacksonport firefighters answer a call the odds are they will be assisting someone they know — friends, relatives, former teachers. Emotional stress is part of the job.

Of more than 870 fire departments in Wisconsin, some 800 are volunteer. For our volunteers, payday comes each time someone says, “Thank you.”

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Jacksonport’s Sealegs amphibious rescue boat sprints across Lake Michigan.

2015 Annual Report

Answering emergency calls, performing fire prevention programs and participating in training events led to department members logging a total of 1,290 working hours for 2015. 

The department takes great pride in the dedication our members show in their willingness to train.  Department members spent 426 hours training in 2015.  Training areas of focus were in the areas of pump operations, fire attack, self-preservation, victim search and removal, driver training and boat operations. 

The department is constantly working to maintain our staffing levels which can be a challenge in small communities.  While the department has consistently had a full roster we find we are very thin with day time coverage.  We are continuing our efforts at recruiting personnel that can help with day time response. 

In 2015 the department contracted for fire inspection service for our towns businesses.  This was done to give our residents the best possible service.  That amount of rules and regulations that are required to be known, inspected and enforced is constantly increasing.  While the company we used did complete this task, moving forward in 2016 we have contracted with the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.  We feel they will provide a more professional service that our residents and business owners have come to expect.   

The fire department would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the support that our taxpayers give us year after year.  In 2016 we will continue to work to improve the services we provide to the town.    

If you have any interest in joining the department please feel free to contact Chief Ash (920) 823-2488.

Department Personnel

Chief
Honorary Chief
Assistant Chief
Captain
Captain
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
FF/EMR
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter

Tom Ash
Ben Logerquist
Aaron LeClair
Chuck Nelson
Tim Bley
Todd Polster
Darin DeFere
Nathan LeClair
Marsha Wilson
Jill Lautenbach
Travis Weber
Zach DeFere
Scott Wieland
Joe Bittorf
Eric Piel
Austin Gulley
Robert Zettel
Dave Burns*
Chuck Nussbaumer*

Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
Firefighter
EMR
EMR
EMR
*=New Firefighter

Eric Bley
Keith Magle
Josh Sawyer
Mike Bagnall
Aaron Bley
Alex Zelhofer
Adam Bley
Scott Scharrig
Justin DeFere
Davis Stoffel
Tom Lautenbach
Al Scharrig
Jeremy Walls
Dave Schleicher
Wayne Bley
Crista Kochanski*
Casey Oledenburg*
Kim Burns*

Jacksonport Fire Department Apparatus

ENGINE 8 – Central States mini pumper (2000 Ford F-550)
ENGINE 9 – Central States main engine (2004 International)
TANKER 7 – J&B water tanker (1996 International)
TANKER 12 – J&B water tanker (1997 GMC)
BRUSH TRUCK 21 – Custom Fabricated and Body Brush Truck (2010 Ford F-350)
RESCUE BOAT 22 – 20-foot Sealegs amphibious rescue boat, 115 HP motor
BOAT 2 – 12-foot Zodiac with 4-stroke Mercury motor