4093 County Hwy P, Rhinelander, WI 54501 info@pelicanfire.com


Why volunteer?

What's in it for you? There are many benefits including helping your neighbors, free on the job training, top quality equipment, picnics, and just being part of a team. There's the satisfaction of knowing you have donated your time and efforts to being a part of the community. Knowing you may save a life and have the skills, knowledge and experience to help you excel in any endeavor in life.

There are many jobs within the department and even little jobs provide a big benefit. Every member receives appropriate safety equipment for his or her assignment and training at no cost.


Must be 18 years old and in good health and have a valid Wisconsin drivers license. Firefighters are the ones who answer the call for help, putting out fires and performing rescues. Some of the things you will be asked to do are carrying hoses, climbing ladders, and operating fire department equipment. You will be required to take entry-level firefighter classes at Nicolet Tech College and attend monthly training drills.

First Responder

Must be 18 years of age and have a valid Wisconsin drivers license. First Responders are medically trained to respond and assist the Oneida County Ambulance on EMS calls. Some of the things you will be asked to do are perform patient evaluations, take vitals, and render first aid. You will be required to take either as first responder course or a basic emergency medical technician course and attend monthly training drills.

Support Member

This is the area for anyone who doesn't want to run into burning buildings. The majority of the work required around the fire station is ensuring that the equipment is ready to go when a call comes in. Use your skills and talents to help us behind the scenes. You can help by assisting with fundraisers, servicing equipment, cleaning equipment and the station, giving tours of the station or teaching fire safety. This is just an example of some of the things you could help with. Support members must have a valid Wisconsin drivers license and be at least 18 years of age.

Junior Member

Must be 16 to 18 years of age. Must maintain "C's" or better in all subjects at school. Junior members are firefighters in training. They may provide support during firefighting operations such as accountability and bringing equipment where it is needed. They are not allowed to enter a fire building, climb ladders or operate department vehicles. Supervision is provided at all times.

What do you need to do?

To join you must fill out an application and attend a total of six consecutive meetings. The application can be found below and can either be mailed to us or brought to a meeting in person.  There are meetings every Thursday of the month.  All meetings start at 7:00 PM and are as follows;

1st Thursday - Business Meeting, 2nd Thursday - First Responder Meeting, 3rd Thursday - Fire Training and 4th Thursday - Truck check.maintenance night.  For the months that have a 5th Thursday, the Rapid Intervention Team has training on that night.  You can attend any or all but the business and training meetingsa are recommended.

Click here to download Application