The Kilbourn Fire Department; formed in 1891 and is a completely unpaid volunteer fire department, proudly protects 7,600 people living in an area of 210 square miles. We operate out of one station that protects a primarily rural area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status.
We consist of Three Companies:
Company 1 = City Fires
Company 2 = Rural Fires
Company 3 = Rescue (medical emergencies, auto accidents, search & rescue, & rope/ice/water rescue)
Our membership includes 36 active and 56 retired members. As a popular tourist area, the local population frequently swells to over 100,000 in the summer months.
Kilbourn Fire Department
P.O. Box 689 712 Oak St
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Chief Scott Walsh
Assistant Chief Pat Gavinski
Secretary-Treasurer Mike Warnke
Co. 1 City Fire
Captain - Wade Bernander; Lieutenant - Mike Hall
Co. 2 Rural Fire
Captain -Colin Field; Lieutenant - Ryan Ennis
Co. 3 Rescue
Captain - Steve Smith; Lieutenant - Josh Elftmann
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
Homeowners and landlords with fuel burning appliances should comply with the new Wisconsin laws requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms shall bear the mark of a lising agency. All single family homes and rentals where people sleep, new and existing, must install a CO alarm on every floor level near sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested monthly, the same as smoke alarms. Check batteries and replace twice a year. Replace alarms according to the manufacturer instructions. Carbon monoxide sources can include but are not limited to attached garages, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and clothes dryers. The placement of carbon monoxide alarms should not be regarded as a substitute for proper maintenance of a fuel burning appliance by a professional.
In the event of a fire, a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. They are one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Smoke alarms have limitations. The manufacturer puts a specified life on the device, generally 10 years. Replace alarms that are older than 10 years. The National Association of State Fire Marshals recommends the 10 year, non-removable non-replaceable battery type.
A new smoke alarm law was passed by the State in 2011. A link to the law is here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/safety_and_buildings_and_environment/361_366/366/I/0503
U.S. Fire Administration
Open Burning / Burning Permits - Wisconsin DNR
Fire Inspector for the Kilbourn Fire Department
The KFD is always looking for volunteers willing to dedicate themselves to community service in return for respect, tradition and fellowship known only to those who give and have given the most valuable resource today... time. Applicants must live within 3 driving miles from the station; live within the fire district; be at least 21 years old; be willing to participate in an informal interview and a background check. Any active member can become a "Retired Honorary" member after 15 or more years of service. Interested persons call 608-254-2040 for application, or talk to any active firefighter.