About Our Department

About Our Department

Staffing

The South Shore Fire Department has fifty-seven (57) members who work on one of three shifts: A, B or C; each work fifty-six (56) hours per week on the average. The department has thirty-eight (38) paramedics and the rest are emergency medical technicians. All future hires are required to have WI Firefighter II and Paramedic as requirements to apply. We also have a half-time mechanic.

All personnel are cross-staff trained on all apparatus: engine or an ambulance; dependent upon the nature of the call. Often off-duty battalion chiefs and chief officers respond from home during difficult calls or structure fires to help mitigate the situation . This helps the incident commander and can provide other safety officer functions.

MABAS

The department and both villages are members of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) which provides and receives mutual aid at no additional cost to the members. There are now thirty-six MABAS Divisions in the State of Wisconsin. The MABAS is not designed to take place of normal day to day responses for member departments, but to add depth to mutual aid or to add standby coverage for a community that has been stripped of its ability to respond to further emergencies in their jurisdiction. Each community is responsible for their own first line of defense. You must be able to share your resources to be able to receive them from others when it is "your bad day."

The South Shore Fire Department also strives to improve the quality of life for village residents by providing public education, code enforcement, and ongoing training for firefighters.

The primary goals of the Fire Department are to:

  • Reduce and prevent the loss of life and property damage
  • Improve the outcome of patients
  • Quickly rescue trapped victims
  • Protect the environment from destruction