The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department serves the Town and Village of Cottage Grove and a portion of the Town of Pleasant Springs in Dane County, Wisconsin. The department is staffed entirely by volunteers, with a current staff of 40 active fire fighters and 10 honorary members. A Chief and a Board are elected by the members to oversee administration of the department.
|SAFETY:||for the community we protect and the personnel that protect it.|
|EDUCATION:||through programs for our residents and youth.|
|RESPONSIVENESS:||to the suggestions, influences, appeals or efforts of others.|
|VISION:||from the past, to the present and into the future.|
|INSPECTIONS:||investigations and pre-incident plans|
|COMMITMENT:||to our community, our families, ourselves and each other.|
The fulfillment of our mission begins with training and pre-incident planning. All of our volunteer firefighters are, at a minimum, certified at the WI Entry Level Firefighter level. Most of our department members are certified at the Firefighter I or II levels. Staffing also includes certified: Fire Instructors, Fire Inspectors, Safety Officers, Wildland Firefighters, Hazardous Material Technicians and Apparatus Engineers through the State, Federal Programs and the National Fire Academy. The training division provides regular opportunites for members to advance their skills in fire fighting and rescue operations.
Risk Management Statement
"The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Deparment will respond with the assumption that we can save lives, property and the environment. We will risk our lives to save a savable life. We will risk our lives in a calculated manner to save property. We will not risk our lives to save those lives, property or the environment that are unsavable."
In addition to fire protection and rescue services, the department serves the community in a number of different ways:
- The annual Fireman's Festival and Pro Rodeo on Father's Day weekend provides the community with a PRCA Pro Rodeo, parade, carnival rides, baseball and entertainment. Proceeds of the festival are used to fund scholarships awarded each year to community students, and to answer donation requests from 12 different youth organizations in Cottage Grove and Monona.
- Members participate in the Dane County Adopt A Highway Program on County Road N south of the Village.
- The department provides fire truck rides during various local events, and fire prevention education to local schools.
- The department sponsors the Cottage Grove Home Talent Baseball Team and runs a concession stand during home games.