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December 29th, 2009 - The members of the Silver Creek Fire Department with great sorrow, convey our deepest sympathies to the family & friends of 33 year old firefighter Steve "Peanut" Koeser & the St. Anna Fire Dept. Firefighter Koeser was fatally injured during an explosion while battling a fire at Bremer Manufacturing.

St. Anna firefighters were extinguishing the dumpster & a large drum when the explosion occurred. Fire Investigators believe metal byproducts in waste bins, aluminum chips & impurities from furnaces, may have reacted to the water being used by the firefighters & sparked the explosion. Eight other firefighters were hurt, including 28 year old firefighter Brad Woelfel, who remains hospitalized in fair condition.
Injured Firefighters
    Brad Woelfel, 28
    Michael Fromm, 27
    Jeffery Fliss, 31
    Matthew Winkel, 28
    Joshua Mertens, 31
    Kurt Kellings, 30
    Chase Fritsch, 17
    Joshua Tyler Scott, 15

Firefighter Steve Koeser

Please keep the family & friends of Firefighter Koeser, Firefighter Woelfel, & the St. Anna Fire Dept. in your prayers as they endure this unspeakable loss.

Funeral mass will be held on Jan. 2nd at 2:00pm at the St. Ann Catholic Church. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to be used for future needs of his daughter, Lexus

Merry Christmas from the Silver Creek Fire Department December 24th, 2009 - The membership of the Silver Creek Fire Department wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank the many people who have supported the department over the last year.

Fellow Firefighter


December 10th, 2009 - It is with great sorrow the Silver Creek Fire Department mourns the loss of fellow firefighter, Lieutenant Leon G. Thull of the Boltonville Fire Department. Leon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday Dec. 8th, at his home. Please keep Leon's family & friends in your prayers as they cope with this very difficult time. Visitation for Lieutenant Thull will be held at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in St. Michaels on Dec 11th from 4-8pm as well as 10-11:30am on Dec 12th. The Miller Funeral Home will be serving the Thull family and has additional information found at: www.millermartinfh.com


Winter Snowfall

December 9th, 2009
The recent snowfall makes it necessary to get out the snow shovel, but the Silver Creek Fire Department would like to remind area residents of the injuries often sustained while shoveling. Before undertaking the job, think about how to do the job safely by checking out our Snow Removal Injuries section.


Thanksgiving Safety Tips

November 10th, 2009
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Silver Creek Fire Department wants to remind residents to keep safety on the menu.
See our Thanksgiving Cooking Tips for more information.

2009 Steak Fry November 7th, 2009
Over 400 hungry SCFD supporters went home with full stomachs, some with Monday's lunch prepared, bringing the 7th annual Steak Fry to a successful close.  Thank you to everyone who attended!  A large thank you goes to the community members that donated their time and resources in making the 2009 Steak Fry a success!


2009 Fall Badger Firemen's Association Meeting

November 1st, 2009
Today fire department personnel from Ozaukee, Washington, Fond Du Lac, and Sheboygan Counties met as Silver Creek FD hosted the annual Fall Badger Firemen's Association banquet. A number of topics were discussed including pending legislation relating to the fire service and up coming Badger events. Good fellowship, good food, and good weather...only a Packer victory could have made for a better day!


Patrick Cudahy Fire

October 24th, 2009
Fire Chiefs from around the county ascended on Silver Creek to attend the annual Sheboygan County Fire Chief's banquet.  After a hearty meal, attendees were privileged to listen to Fire Chief Dan Mayer of the Cudahy Fire Department.  Chief Mayer played a critical role during the recent Patrick Cudahy meatpacking facility fire. The chiefs were particularly interested in the role MABAS played at the Cudahy Fire as Sheboygan County will be utilizing the MABAS system in early 2010.


2009 Fire Prevention Winners

October 23rd, 2009
Winning drawings of the 2009 Fire Prevention Campaign are now posted under the Fire Prevention section. Take a look at the winners from St. John's, Our Lady of the Lakes, and Random Lake Elementary schools.

Fire Prevention Week October 12th, 2009
Pictures from the 2009 Fire Prevention Week activities are now posted. Be sure to look for your friends and family on the Gallery page!  Congratulations to the lucky pizza delivery contest; Zachary Pannier & Samuel Mroczek. Each were delivered a hot pizza by the Silver Creek Fire Department!

Fire Prevention Week October 4th, 2009
This week marks the 84th Annual National Fire Prevention Week. The Silver Creek Fire Department will once again join forces with the Batavia, Random Lake, and Adell Fire Departments and visit the local schools to promote fire safety awareness.  Last week, students received batteries for smoke detectors and fire safety literature to take home and discuss with their family.  With a parent's signature, each student was entered in the Safe Kids WI of Sheboygan County Pizza Delivery Contest with lucky winners receiving a piping hot pizza delivered by local fire departments.  On Thursday, the Silver Creek Fire Department will deliver (with a fire truck!) pizzas prepa
red by Gina Marie's to each of the winners in the Silver Creek area.  The week will be jam packed with activities that include the following:
Date Time Location
Wednesday 9:00am Our Lady of the Lakes
Wednesday 1:00pm RLFD w/Random Lake Kindergarten
Thursday 9:30am St. Johns in Sherman Center
Thursday 1:00pm Random Lake Elementary
Thursday 6:00pm Pizza Delivery

Check back for Pizza Contest Winners and pictures from this week's activities!

Steak Fry September 26th, 2009
Tickets for the 7th Annual Steak Fry are now available from any department member. Be sure to get your tickets soon as this event is sold out each year. Check out the Fundraisers page for additional information.

Under Construction September 4th, 2009
Pardon our construction mess! As you can see, the department website has a new look and we hope it is much more attractive and content additionally informative.  Please be patient as it is a work in progress.

Fire Prevention Week September 4th, 2009
Fire Prevention Week is only a few weeks away. Fire Prevention Week 2009 focuses on burn awareness and prevention as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires. Check out the Fire Prevention section for all the details!

fema grant

FEMA Grant

September 3rd, 2009
After being awarded
$59,595 from a FEMA grant, 5,250' of new Angus hose, TFT fog nozzles, Flamefighter piercing nozzles, Blitzfire ground monitor, & Motorola Minitor V pagers have been placed into service.  An ISG thermal imaging camera has been ordered and will be placed into service soon.

Lawnmower Safety

May 17th, 2009 - The trees are budding, the birds are chirping, the grass is green, and you're more stuffed up than a Thanksgiving turkey.  That can only mean one thing....SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!!  As you dust off your mower for the year, be sure to remember the fire hazards associated with refueling your mower.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission logs thousands of occurrences each year relating to property damage and personal injuries in fire related lawn mower incidents.  Here are a few things to remember...

  • Never smoke when refueling the gas tank.
  • Store gasoline in a UL, FM, or CSA rated container.
  • Never keep gasoline in your home or fill gas tank indoors.
  • Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as a water heater or other appliances.
  • Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck bed with a plastic bed liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
  • Wipe up gasoline spills immediately and do not attempt to start the engine but move the machine away from the area of spillage and avoid creating any source of ignition until fuel vapors have dissipated.
  • Never over-fill the fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten securely.
  • Never remove the gas cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool, before refueling.

Please review your lawn mower operator's manual for additional safety considerations.  Contact the product manufacturer for any additional questions.  The Silver Creek Fire Department wishes everyone a safe mowing season!

50th Chicken Barbecue

May 3rd, 2009 - Today marked the golden anniversary for the Silver Creek Fire Department Chicken Barbecue.  Well over 1,000 chicken dinners were served throughout the day.  A great deal of thanks is owed to the many people who supported our Chicken Barbecue from the donations ranging from delicious desserts to corn to milk, the many hard working volunteers, and to the fabulous community members who continually make each and every fire department fundraiser a success year after year.  Your support during hard economic times is a testament of what a great community is made of.  We look forward to 50 more years of success!!

Fellow Firefighter


February 28th, 2009 - It is with great sorrow the Silver Creek Fire Department mourns the loss of fellow firefighter Jeremy M. Johnson of the Waubeka Fire Department.  Jeremy passed away as a result of congestive heart failure on Thursday February 26th.  Please keep Jeremy's family and friends in your prayers as they cope with this very difficult time.  Visitation for Firefighter Johnson will be held at the Eernisee Funeral Home, 1600 West Grand Avenue, Port Washington on Monday March 2nd, 2009 from 4PM to 8PM.  The Eernisee Funeral Home will be serving the Johnson family and has additional information found at: www.eernissefuneralhome.com

Miniature Bowling Tournament

Miniature Bowling

February 27th, 2009 - The 3rd Annual Miniature bowling tournament is a week away and approaching quickly!  Be sure to stop by the firehouse on March 7th to check out the action and grab a steak sandwich or brat even if you aren't bowling.  In addition, a silent auction will take place during the tournament featuring a wide variety of prizes ranging from golf outings to Wisconsin Dells activities.  Stop by to check out all the silent auction items.  Bowling action begins at 10:00am with food and beverages available all day.  Hope to see you there!