Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular as a way to celebrate. However, they pose a serious fire safety hazard and their use is prohibited by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code requirements. NFPA 1, 10.1.5, indicates "Any person who deliberately, or through negligence, sets fire to or causes the burning of any combustible material in such a manner as to endanger the safety of any person or property shall be deemed to be in violation of this code." Further, 10.11.5.1 indicates, "Open, recreational, and cooking fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished." By releasing the lantern with an open flame, the responsible party is liable for any damage or resulting fire caused by the lantern. Another concern is that lit lanterns may cause a hazard to the flight paths of helicopters that travel to nearby hospitals and to airplanes approaching or departing the airport.
Therefore, Eau Claire Fire and Rescue prohibits the use of sky lanterns within the city of Eau Claire. If you have additional questions, please contact the Fire Inspections Division at 715-839-4825.
Further information can be found on NFPA's website.
As part of its fire education/prevention efforts, the fire department welcomes groups or individuals to tour a fire station. The average duration of a station tour is 30 to 45 minutes.
Request a Tour - carefully read the listed information before completing the request form.
Burning permits are valid for the date of issue only. To obtain a burning permit, it is recommended that one first calls the Burning Permit Information Line at 715-839-3882 to find out if burning is allowed for that day. Local weather and DNR Burning Bans will dictate if burning is allowed. The fees are $5 for a one-day permit and $10 for a three-day permit (Friday-Saturday-Sunday or Saturday-Sunday-Monday). Campfires or cooking fires do not require a burning permit.
One must go to one of the five fire stations within the City of Eau Claire where a burning permit box is located. Fire Station #10 (820 Malden Avenue) does not have a burning permit box. It is recommended that the permit is processed at the closest fire station to where the burning will occur. Five of the fire stations have RED self-service boxes where the citizen makes two copies of the permit information. One copy is put into the slot in the lid, and the other copy is retained with the citizen.
Here is a sample permit.
For additional information, please call 715-839-4825.
The application period for the 2019-20 firefighter eligibility list has closed. 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. Solicitation of applications for the 2020-21 eligibility list will commence in January of 2020.
Please visit http://firedepartmenthiring.com for further information on the application process.