(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is looking for part-time help. The station is split between paid-on-call staff who respond to a fire if it is within city limits and full-time staff who work a 24-hour shift followed by two-days off. In 2020, voters approved a binding referendum to fund a half dozen new full-time positions for the station. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a staffing study that highlighted the need for more support to be able to handle increasing call volume. However, part-time help is currently down about half of the ideal level with 16 on staff. Nick Smith is paid-on-call with the Beaver Dam Fire Department, he says there used to be 30 paid-on-call firefighters at the department.
Paid-on-call Firefighter Brad Modaff explains one of their most important roles at the station. He says they help back-fill the department when full-time firefighters are out on a fire call or ambulance call.
Smith says part-time or volunteer help plays a significant role in the firefighting industry. He says fire service has over 70-percent volunteers nationwide with most career firefighters coming through the volunteer ranks. Smith adds that it is the backbone of the fire service.
Many paid-on-call firefighters have full-time jobs elsewhere and require a commitment from their employers to be able to leave work to respond to a call. Both Smith and Modaff note that many area businesses are willing to work with those who have an interest in this role. To be eligible for a part-time position you must be 18-years-old and live within 15-miles of the Beaver Dam Fire District.
For applications visit the Beaver Dam Fire Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/people/Beaver-Dam-Fire-Department/100064633635928/ or the Beaver Dam Fire Department Paid on Call Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeaverDamFirePaidOnCallFirefighters/, the city of Beaver Dam website at www.cityofbeaverdam.com, or they can be picked up in person at the fire station at 205 South Lincoln Avenue.