WSFC #4 Recruitment
Walnut Street Fire Company #4 attended the recent Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew event in downtown Madison. We also took the time to show future generations the fire apparatus.
What’s New at WSFC #4
New Training Prop
Lt. Doug Wehner (pictured below) demonstrates a firefighter exercise on the new training props he recently made.
Tower 4 Update
Tower 4 passed the annual aerial and ground ladder tests last month.
Statistical Information from the NFPA
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that as of 2012:
- There are an estimated 30,100 fire departments in the U.S.
- Of those, 9% are career (paid) departments
- 24% are part paid and part volunteer
- 67% are all volunteer
- There are approximately 1,129,000 firefighters in the U.S.
- 31% are career ( paid ) firefighters
- 69% are volunteer firefighters
- 72% of career firefighters work in cities with populations of 25,000 or more
- 95% of volunteer firefighters protect populations of less than 25,000
Celebrating 140 Years of Service
Walnut Street Fire Company No. 4 members will be celebrating the company’s 140th anniversary on March 17, 2013! Members will celebrate with a private party following their March 21 business meeting.
– Read more about Walnut Street Fire Company History
WSFC 4 2013 Calendar!
The company produces calendars each year as a fund raiser. The calendars feature photos of local fire department activities and each day has a fire-related fact, some humorous and some serious. Get yours now for just $10 and support your local volunteer firefighters.
– Email your calendar order: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don McKay, Sr. Honored for 50 Years of Service
The City of Madison and Walnut Street Fire Company 4 recently honored member Don McKay, Sr. for 50 years of service. Still active, although no longer as an interior firefighter, Don represents the fourth of five Schnabel/McKay generations to serve as members of the “Fours.” His great-grandfather, John Schnabel, was a charter member followed by grandfather William and two maternal uncles, Ned and Benjamin. Don’s son, Don McKay, Jr., who is also a battalion chief with the city, represents the fifth generation.
Mayor Damon Welch honored Don with a proclamation and Madison Fire Department Chief Steve Horton presented him with a plaque for years of service to the city that included the positions, at various times, of Deputy Fire Chief, City Safety Officer, Training Officer and Fire Investigator. WSFC 4 President Karl Eaglin presented Don with a desk clock and an ornamental axe that will be placed on the wall of the meeting room with axes of past honorees for his service to the company that included 13 years as captain and 5 years as lieutenant (neither consecutively), president, secretary-treasurer and trustee.
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