City of Portage Fire Department
119 W. Pleasant St.
Portage, WI 53901
As the new fire chief for the Portage Fire Department I want to thank the Police & Fire Commission and the City staff for allowing me this opportunity to lead a great group of people. I look forward to providing the leadership necessary to move this organization forward over the next decade. I am a native of Portage, and served as a member of the Portage Fire Department for three years. In 1993, I was hired by the Two Rivers Fire Department and spent 5 years there before being hired by Fond du Lac Fire Rescue. I served 22 years as a firefighter/paramedic and finished my career as the Division Chief of Fire Prevention. I retired from Fond du Lac in April of 2020 and my wife and I moved back to Portage in May. My wife, Angie works for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher. I have two children, Tanner who will graduate from the University of Indianapolis with Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in May. My daughter Tianna will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in December.
As the new Chief I want the community to understand there is a large commitment to serve as a firefighter. Firefighters are expected to be on call 24/7, leave their job at a moment’s notice, miss family dinners and rush to the scene of an emergency. They place themselves in harm's way for the sake of quite often, a complete stranger's life and property. I believe we all take for granted the time and effort that goes into the hundreds of hours of training that these men and women put forth, because of their dedication to helping others.
No doubt when tragedies happen, they take it personally, they replay those precious seconds over and over in their heads, wondering if there was anything else they could have done to change the outcome. There is not; you have given your all, and regardless of the outcome, I want you to know that we as a community are grateful.
But it is not only the firefighters that make sacrifices while serving our community, but also the families that allow us to do this special voluntary work. I want to say thank you to our families. Thank-you for allowing your lives and time with your brave loved one to be interrupted and endangered in a moment’s notice. Your support and sacrifice is priceless not only to your loved one but to all of us in the Portage and surrounding communities.
I believe we all take for granted the time and effort that goes into the hundreds of hours of training that these men and women put forth, all the dinners they miss or the time away from their family because of their dedication to helping others.
The Portage Fire Department currently employs 6 full-time personnel, 20 paid-on-call personnel, and one administrative assistant. We are currently looking for people who would like to become a paid-on-call member of the department. There is no experience needed and we provide all the training and gear necessary. If you are interested in obtaining an application to join, you can pick it up at the fire station or here on the website. Please feel free to contact us anytime at (608) 742-2172 with any questions.
On behalf of the department I would like to thank the Mayor, City Administrator, the Portage Council members, the four Town Chairpersons, and the citizens and businesses for their continued support throughout the year. It is very much appreciated by our members.
On behalf of the Portage Fire Department, I want to thank you for taking time to visit our website. I hope the webpages will provide you with valuable information on the wide range of services our agency offers. Our personnel take great pride serving the citizens, businesses, and visitors to our community.
The Portage Fire Department is a combination fire department that serves the City of Portage, and the Townships of Caledonia, Lewiston, Pacific, and Fort Winnebago. The Department services an area of 170 square miles with a population of approximately 16,400 people.
To protect this area our department employs 6 full-time personnel, 20 paid-on-call personnel, and one administrative assistant. These professionals offer services ranging from Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Fire Safety Education, Hazardous Material and Technical Rescue response. These men and women are highly trained, extremely motivated, and loyally focused on their core mission of serving the community.
“Portage Fire-Rescue will strive to deal professionally and effectively with emergencies and hazards to life and property with a commitment to excellence and in the best interest of all citizens and guests.”
Establishing values and associated statements embraced by all members of an organization is extremely important. They recognized those features and considerations that make up the personality of the organization.
“We, the members of the Portage Fire Department do all we can to ensure we deliver the best possible service to our citizens through smart, well trained, humble, dedicated, competent, hardworking, and safe members.”
“We recognize that the value of diversity helps us to work together as a team to better serve our community.”
“We value the public’s trust and are committed to honest and ethical behavior. We hold ourselves accountable to these values. We believe in a personal commitment to the organization and the community.”
“We seek out and value the input and opinions of members at all levels of the organization.
Teamwork is the building block of our department to improve service to the public and maintain a safe effective work environment. We believe that members have a responsibility to mentor others.”
“We recognize the value of change in responding to and meeting the ever-evolving needs of our
customers and members. We are committed to seeking out effective methods and progressive
thinking toward change. We recognize the value of ongoing education and training.”
“We are a fire department family. We are committed and accountable to each other because our lives depend on it. We value the role each member plays in our organization. We respect those that came before us and will strive to make the organization better for those who follow.”
“We believe communication is essential to the cohesiveness and performance of our organization. We are committed to providing effective and responsive means of communication throughout the organization and community.”
Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Fire Department would like to encourage residents to replace the batteries (9 volt and AA) in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. We have batteries available at the fire station. If assistance is needed with installing the batteries in your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact the fire department at (608) 742-2172 and someone will schedule a time to come and assist. The batteries we receive are donated each year by Ray-o-Vac/Energizer.
The City of Portage requires a burn permit for all open burning other than outdoor recreational fire pits or fireplaces. The permit can be found on the Portage Fire Department Website (Click Here for Burn Permit) or you can stop into the station.
For those of you that live outside of the City and wish to burn, you must contact the DNR at https://dnr.wi.gov/burnpermits or 1-888-947-2876. Due to the Coronavirus there are no in person DNR burn permits being issued.
Fire Safety Articles
- Smoke Alarms
- Alarmas de incendio en el hogar
- Carbon Monoxide
- Cooking Safety
- Este a Salvo contra Incendios en la Cocina
- Smoking Home Fire Safety
- Candle Safety Tips
- Electrical Safety
- Prevengase contra incendios ocasionados por la electricidad
- Escape Planning
- Plancc y Practique un Simulacro de Incendio en el Hogar
- Practice Escape Spanish
- Heating Safety
- Home Fire Sprinklers
- Microwave Oven Safety
- Portable Fireplace Safety
- Scald Prevention
- Turkey Fryer Safety
- Winter Holiday Safety
- Dryer Safety Tips
- Portable Heater Safety
- Fire Alarm Apartment Safety Tip Sheet
- Campus Safety Tips
- Fireworks Safety Tips
- Grilling Safety Tips
- Hoarding Tip Sheet
- Children And Fire Safety Tips
- Winter Storm Safety