Winsted Fire and Rescue
By the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department serves the city of Winsted, along with Hollywood, Victor, Winsted, and Woodland townships. As of the end of November 2014, the department had responded to 215 calls.
In September 2014, the department celebrated its 125th anniversary. The well-attended celebration included a 5k run, a dance at the Blue Note featuring DiamondBack, grease fire and auto extrication demonstrations, free food, and more.
In December, the fire department was honored as grand marshals of the Winsted Winter Festival parade.
The department plans to purchase about 17 pairs of boots, and is also looking into getting better gloves with more grip. In the spring of 2015, a new roof will be installed at the fire hall.
Throughout the year, firefighters have been utilizing grant funding to host car fire, ice rescue, and other training classes in Winsted, instead of sending firefighters to other towns.
The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department was formed Dec. 3, 1889. The department’s first truck, a chain-driven Oshkosh, arrived in 1927. In 1944, 33 feet of Meulener’s property was purchased for the construction of Winsted’s first fire station.
Over the years that followed, the bell was replaced by a siren and then by pagers, ambulance service was provided, fire trucks came and went, but one thing has stayed the same over the years the dedication and devotion of the volunteers who make up the volunteer fire department.
The fire department operates with a roster of up to 30, all volunteer members.
In addition to providing general fire suppression services, the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department also provides fire cause determination, fire prevention services, cold water rescue, auto extrication, hazardous materials response, Skywarn spotters, and Minnesota licensed daycare inspections.
The Winsted Fire Department also operates a first responder service, responding to all medical emergencies within its coverage area. The department operates with state-certified emergency medical technicians, and certified first responders. With an average annual call volume of 245 calls for service, an average of 79 percent of the calls are for medical emergencies.
As of December 2014, the Winsted Fire Department had 23 members, including:
• Chief Chad Engel
• Asst. Chief Brian Langenfeld
• Asst. Chief Jon Davidson
• Capt. Brent Mickolichek
• Capt. Shaun Bush
• Capt. Troy Scherping
• Secretary Justin Hertzog
• Mike Laxen
• Jim Koch
• Dale Gatz
• Charlie Fiecke
• Tim Purcell
• Chad Stender
• Gerald Heinen
• Rose Heimerl
• Jamie Stender
• Brady Tormanen,
• Todd Koch
• Matt Williams
• Kyle Thompson
• Ryan Chatterton
• Samantha Condon
• Jake Hertzog