2023 New Hires
Recently Promoted Captain Blakeman, Lieutenant Geraghty, Ambulance Attendant Swanson, Motor Pump Operator Friermood, and Ambulance Attendant Oliver.
Captain Alajoki's Retirement
2/22/2023-- We are patiently waiting for the arrival of a new Road Rescue ambulance which was ordered over one year ago and is nearing completion in Winter Park, Florida.
January 26th 2023, the department took delivery of a 2022 F-150. This will replace a 2011 Chevy Traverse which is primarily used for paramedic intercepts and 911 backup/assist.
Drone Photos 9/2022
Lieutenant Matt Spangler Promoted to Captain 7/17/22
Retirement of Captain Scott Thimm July 12th, 2022
Retirement of MPO/Paramedic Julie Le Blanc May 31st, 2022
AFD was able to perform training in a residential structure prior to demolition. February 2022
Arrival of Engine 2
On 10/01/21 the department took delivery of a 2021 Rosenbauer engine. The department would like to thank Ashland City Council for approving this much needed purchase which was ordered back in June 2020.
Arrival of Med 3
On 9/31/21 the department took delivery of a new 2021 Ford E450 Road Rescue ambulance from Everest Emergency Vehicles.
Retirement of Chief Wegener
Chief David Wegener has retired from the Department on 03/01/2021 after 18 years of service. We would like to thank him for his dedication to the Department and knowledge he passed along.
Congratulations new Officers! 9/18/2019
Current Officers from left to right: Chief David Wegener, Captain Scott Thimm, Captain Kevin Alajoki, Captain Sturat Matthias, Lieutenant Kurt Blakeman, Lieutenant Matt Spangler. (Missing: Lieutenant Chris Pribek)
09/18/2019 Pinning Ceremony
Welcome 5 new firefighters 07/09/2019
New probationary fire fighters from left to right: Kyle Ayvaazzadeh, Ryan Albert, Derrick Ponkauskas, Austin Manglitz, Dale Jolma
New MSA Airpacks 6/2019
The department recently took delivery of 24 new MSA G1 airpacks along with 48 bottles, 24 facepieces and a RIT pack. The Fire Department would like to thank Ashland City Council for approving this much needed purchase.
Welcome Med 8 10/2018
A brand new Med 8 arrived on October 2nd. This is a 2017 Ford F-550 4x4 purchased from Everest Emergency Vehicles.
Training with T-11
Rescue Divas 6/12/2018
Local 875 Scholarship Recipient
One student from the Ashland High School was chosen for scholarship recipient on 05/31/2018 at the Ashland High School. From left to right FF/Paramedic Dusten Hilgendorf, AHS scholarship recipient Porter Beilfuss, and FF/Paramedic Clay Kautzer. This scholarship is made available from local business owners buying advertisements in the Local 875 annual calendar. One of the requirements to receive these scholarships is continuing education in the medical field. Porter will be attending St. Norbert College this fall for pre-medicine.
Girl Scouts singing Christmas carols to the firefighters
Sauna donation may help firefighters prevent cancer (Click Link)
Gathering in front of an infrared sauna donated by Superior Saunas of Ashland, are (from left) Fire Captain Dave Wegener, Superior Sauna representative Matt Westlund, Omer Nelson Electric representative Sarah Nelson and Ashland Fire Chief Wayne Chenier. The unit, which was wired up as a donation by Omer Nelson Electric, is a prized addition for firefighters, said Chenier. The low-temperature infrared heat will allow firefighters to displace toxins absorbed in firefighting through sweat. It is believed those toxins are the caused for increasing levels of cancers suffered by firefighters nationwide. Ashland will join a small but growing number of fire departments that use saunas as a cancer preventative.
Rick Olivo/Staff Photo Ashland Daily Press
Rick Olivo/Staff Photo Ashland Daily Press
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Ice Angel Updates
The Ice Angel has been delivered today to Lake Assault Boats in Superior, WI to have the new motor installed along with an upgraded propulsion system. Lake Assault Boats was awarded the bid spec for the replacement which will include a 6.2 liter Chevrolet engine with a 4 blade prop. Projected completion date is Oct. 6th. Thank you to all who donated to support these much needed upgrades and repairs.
Local 875 Scholarship Recipients
Two students from Ashland High School were chosen for scholarship recipients on 05/24/2017 at 6 pm at the Ashland High School. From left to right front row; Sarah Gierczic and Elizabeth Webb. Presenting these awards are Matthew Spangler and Dusten Hilgendorf. Both students will be receiving a $1750.00 From the Local Professional Firefighters 875 of Ashland WI. One of the requirements to receive these scholarships is continuing education in the medical field. The Ashland Fire Department Local 875 would like to thank the local businesses for donations to the 8th edition of the local 875 calendar in which all donations go to this scholarship. The Ashland Fire local 875 would also like to thank retired FF/Paramedic Brian Marko, FF/Critical care paramedic Tony Feiter, and FF/Critical care paramedic Dusten Hilgendorf for their hard work on this calendar.
Excellence in Trauma Care
On April 18th,St. Luke's recognized four firefighters (from left to right) Lt. Stuart Matthias, Clay Kautzer, Leaf Mahoney,and Tony Feiter from the Ashland Fire Department for their efforts rescuing a motorist on Hwy 63 during the floods in 2016. Hard work and training pays off! Great work guys.
"Batteries should be treated like medicine and locked away"
Members of the Ashland Fire Department have put together some of our favorite recipes, which are now available in this fine cookbook. Copies are available for $12/each, we will use the funds to purchase equipment. Contact Kelly at (715)-682-7052 between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday; or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. These are also available from any member of the Ashland Fire Department.
06/14/2016. Members from Shift 2 enjoyed having lunch and assisting with live fire extinguishing demonstrations with Rescue Divas. Rescue Divas is a five day residential camp experience, focusing on educating and exciting middle school age girls about careers (or volunteer positions) in Emergency Medicine. Throughout the week, girls will participate in exploratory, hands-on activities that focus on a variety of skills and knowledge needed in Emergency Medical careers.
Members from Shift 3 delivered pizza to the first graders at LSE on April 26th.
City Newsletter 06/2016