Hudson Fire Dept. featured in Wisconsin Fire JournalThe Hudson Fire Department is the featured firefighting service in the January-February edition of the Wisconsin Fire Journal, the official publication of the Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson Fire Department is the featured firefighting service in the January-February edition of the Wisconsin Fire Journal, the official publication of the Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association.
The two-page spread by writer Pete Wicklund includes five photographs and many facts about the Hudson department.
Readers learn that it was formed in April 1873 in response to a rash of fires the previous year.
The department serves about 25,000 people in a 45-square-mile district that includes the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, town of Hudson and the northern third of the town of Troy.
It has 40 members who receive $20 per call on average. The officers receive an additional stipend.
The department also has a full-time fire inspector (Dave Krupich) and a part-time clerical assistant (Miranda Kustrich), according to the profile.
It’s equipped with three engines, a 95-foot ladder truck, two tankers, two brush trucks, a Suburban command vehicle, two Zodiac boats for water rescues and a 20-foot trailer that hauls gear for cleaning up hazardous materials.
Chief Frye is reported saying that Hudson firefighters would respond to about 350 calls in 2008, after having answered a record 452 calls in 2007.
“We’ve had fairly good success at recruiting, but staffing is going to be a forever (issue),” Frye is quoted as saying.
The article notes that Frye has served the department 29 years and that his father was a Hudson firefighter for 42 years.
“Frye said that preliminary planning is under way for a new public safety building that will house the police department, EMS headquarters and a satellite station for the fire department. That building is planned for the city’s east side,” Wicklund writes.