Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel Is Retiring

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel is retiring. The city’s Police and Fire Commission discussed their next steps in hiring his replacement during a special meeting in closed session meeting yesterday (Thursday) after the chief announced his retirement at Tuesday’s regular PFC meeting.  

Mannel came to the city in April of 2009 and, in that time, guided the department through multiple fires, increasing EMS calls and the approval of a referendum for new personnel.  

Perhaps the most noteworthy of all was the controlled burn of a Village Glen apartment building in 2018. A bomb-maker who lived there blew himself up leaving behind volatile residue so unstable that the entire 16-unit structure had to be burned to the ground, a story that made nationwide headlines as it was only the second time in history that such an extreme measure had to be taken.   

PFC Commissioner John Oathout made note of all that in telling DailyDodge that his successor will have “tough boots” to fill.  

Mannel’s last day on the job will be in April, which is 12 years after coming to Beaver Dam.  

Oathout was our guest Thursday on WBEV’s Community Comment, in to talk about an Emergency Fund set up through American Bank in collaboration with St Vincent de Paul of Dodge County for the residents displaced by last Thursday’s Lakecrest Apartment fire that displaced 15 families. The Heffron Family Foundation is matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $3000. More information can be found at