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Mission Statement 

Eau Claire Fire and Rescue's mission is to public health and safety achieved through developing, promoting, and maintaining a comprehensive network of emergency medical services, fire prevention and suppression, technical rescue, and hazard mitigation.


Through progressive education, diligent training, and integrated communication, our team will collectively provide sustainable, high quality services focused on customer satisfaction and the prudent utilization of public funds.

Vision Statement

 Eau Claire Fire and Rescue will be a leading regional public health and safety partner by continually and actively promoting excellence in the performance of our duties.


We will support a dedicated membership of honest, accountable professionals who exemplify honor and integrity to build and retain public trust.

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The traditions and pride run deep in the Eau Claire Fire Department and date back to times well before 1900. Before Eau Claire was the city it is now, it was actually three separate cities consisting of West, East and North Eau Claire--each with its own form of government. Tides of tradition were formed beginning with the first steam engine that was purchased in 1871, and a deep sense of pride shows through even today when a new ambulance, engine, rescue, or specialty vehicle arrives at one of the six fire stations. Our department has grown from the date of its first full-time firefighter, W. H. Willard, joining ranks on January 30, 1871, to the current staff number of 94 career firefighters and staff. Elaborate radio systems with speakers have replaced the ticker-tape telegraph alarms and the red fire alarm pull boxes, and it’s a certainty that the number of calls has increased every year. 
Many things have changed over the past 100+ years, but one thing remains constant. There always will be fires and people in need of medical aid. It is with great pride and tradition that the men and women of Eau Claire Fire and Rescue carry on that tradition 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Authorized Positions

  • 1 Chief
  • 2 Deputy Chiefs
  • 1 Division Chief
  • 1.75 Fire Inspectors
  • 3 Battalion Chiefs
  • 6 Captains
  • 12 Lieutenants
  • 18 Equipment Operators
  • 47 Firefighters
  • 2 Secretarial Support

All of the protective employees (91.75) are certified to provide medical care at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level, and approximately one-third are trained at the advanced level of Paramedic.


We are one of many fire departments that participate in a regional testing process designed to identify a qualified pool of entry-level candidates that is coordinated by the Chippewa Valley Technical College.  The time period for solicitation of applications to establish the 2016-17 eligibility list has closed.  Pease visit for further information.

8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
#2 Fire Station, 216 S. Dewey St. (Second Floor)
Telephone  Fax
(715) 839-5012
 (715) 839-1696
Email Social Media
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Christian M. Bell
Fire Chief
(715) 839-5012
Allyn Bertrang
Deputy Chief - Operations/Prevention
(715) 839-2911



Jon Schultz
Deputy Chief - EMS
(715) 839-5024


Brian Toonen
Division Chief
(715) 839-5011

Matt Jaggar
Battalion Chief - EMS


 Jaggar BC


Joe Kelly
Battalion Chief -   Technical Rescue
(715) 839-5013


Kelly BC 


Steve Vargo
Battalion Chief - Hazardous Materials
(715) 839-5013

Vargo BC