Station 1 began in 1962 after the members of the Cedarburg Fire
Department saw a need for a larger firehouse. A new location was
studied and some of the locations considered were Firemen’s Park
and the Woolen Mill on the corner of Bridge and Washington.
However, the City of Cedarburg owned land on Mequon Ave. next to
the current station at the time and that was chosen as the best
location. In 1963 the members voted unanimously to build the new
station. During 1964 the station was build under the watchful
eye of the members. One of the members, Allen “Tubby” Boerner
actually helped build the station. In October of 1964 the new
station was officially dedicated. The station included a large
apparatus bay, meeting room, training room and a hose tower. The
entire station was financed with funds raised by the membership
of the Cedarburg Fire Department at Firemen’s Park.
Planning for the addition began in 1990. Ground breaking
ceremonies were held on December 6, 1992 to officially start the
6,300 square foot addition to Station 1. The expansion gave the
department an additional bay for fire equipment, two smaller
garages for support vehicles and much needed office space. This
project was also financed entirely from proceeds earned in
The time and effort put in to accomplish this project took
the dedication of many of our members. Fire Inspector Rodger
Rahn became the "Project Coordinator". His days consisted of
calling each contractor daily at 6:00am to make sure the project
would not be delayed. Rodger, along with members Bob Van Dinter
and Jeff Vahsholtz, spent countless hours keeping an eye on the
workmanship, which resulted in a quality-built addition.
The original building contained the following:
The training room is where all
department trainings typically take place. It is equipped with
audio and video equipment to serve the needs of the departments
training. Over the years the Cedarburg Fire Department has
hosted many special training events, such as the Milwaukee Area
Technical College Flashover Simulator in 2010 and 2011. The
training room also serves as a banquet room for the department’s
Awards Ceremonies and Annual Meeting Dinner. The room has a
kitchen attached to it to allow for the serving of food. The
Training Bureau office is also located inside of the training
room. One of the unique features of the training room is display
of antique fire extinguishers. On March 31, 2001, Edward Jors
donated a 30-year collection of 130 various types of fire
extinguishers dating back to the early 1900's. When Mr. Jors was
asked how he came to start collecting fire extinguishers he
replied "I don't really know." All of the extinguishers were
cleaned up, identified, and custom cabinets were built to
display the collection to be enjoyed by all.
The meeting room is where all of the fire
departments business meetings take place. After most trainings
the members eat diner in the meeting room. The room also has the
stations main kitchen attached to it, along with the refreshment
center. Members can relax in this room by watching television,
play a game of billiards, or try their hand in a game of cards.
During the day, members can look out upon Cedar Creek, the
Interurban Bridge and the Generations memorial. The meeting room
also accommodates trainings when multiple trainings are being
held on the same night. In the front of the meeting room is a
showcase of much of the departments history, and is an excellent
back drop for the business meetings.
The most noticeable feature of any fire
station is the apparatus floor. The Cedarburg Fire Departments
apparatus floor houses two ambulances, two engines, one tender,
one heavy rescue, one ladder, and the dive trailer. All of the
active members can also store their turnout gear in one of the
gear racks in the apparatus floor. Maintenance rooms are also
located in the back of the apparatus floor to maintain all of
the trucks and equipment of the fire department.
The new addition contained the following:
The communications room is located on
the second floor of the addition overlooking the apparatus
floor. Multiple radios enable the fire department to be in
contact with nearly any agency it works with. The room underwent
a major renovation in 2010 with the installation of new
cabinets, counter tops, computers, and a flat screen television.
During severe weather the communications room becomes the
command center for fire department operations.
Once appointed to an officers position on
the Cedarburg Fire Department, the member receives a desk to
store fire department related information on. The officers room
is located on the second floor of the station.
Hose Tower & Small Vehicle Bays
The hose tower is on the
north side of the station. It is accessible from the apparatus
floor. It is also accessible from the outside through the wash
bay. Adjacent to the wash bay are three small vehicle bays where
the departments two utility vehicles are located.
On the northeast corner of the building on the
second floor is the Chiefs office. The Chief can be found behind
his desk taking care of department business. Below the Chiefs
office is the fire inspectors office. On the northwest corner of
the building is the Treasurers and Secretaries office.
Sitting out front of the station is the fire bell
from the original fire station that burned down in 1907.
Accompanying the bell is the stations flag pole.