History of the Mineral Point Fire Department
Fire service to the city of Mineral Point and the surrounding area was
unofficially formed by volunteers who formed two separate departments,
rural and city sometime prior to 1835, and provided protection on a
catch as catch can basis for the better part of the century. Their
equipment for the most part, was made locally, and consisted of a ladder
wagon, hose cart, and a teeter pump.
In 1898, the city of Mineral Point incorporated the two departments,
and on a gentlemen's agreement between the two parties, fire protection
service was established for the city as well as the adjoining rural areas.
Today, the department is staffed with 34 volunteers
on active duty, and 12 honorary retired member who are subject to call
in major incidents.
Following a fire and explosion in 1964 that severely
damaged the firehouse and four trucks, the city built a new station.
The current fleet consists of two city-owned pumper/ladder trucks.
The rural department consists of two pumper/tankers; a 2,000 gallon tanker;
a 4x4 mini-pumper as a first-response companion to the fully equipped
In addition to the city of Mineral Point, the department covers the villages
of Jonesdale, Waldwick, and mutual aid to Linden. It also covers parts
of the seven surrounding townships with over 550 farms, covering approximately
200 square miles and a population total on nearly 4,600 people.
Averaging 80-90 calls annually, the major portion of emergency responses
are to situations such as structure fires, grass fires, and vehicle and
machinery accidents, which frequently require the use of the "Jaws
of Life" or other special equipment. The average response time from
the time the call comes in to vehicle roll-out, is approximately 3 minutes.
Members also attend 12 meetings and 24 drills in the department per year.
Volunteers are on-call 24-hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days
a year. Weekday, weekend or holiday, we are here to serve and protect
The department is also active in various community functions - parades,
the flagraise on Main Street, fire prevention programs at the schools,
public education programs, county-wide disaster drills, and mutual
aid with the other departments in the 20-mile radius. The many hours
of training and participation, in these services often total much
more than part-time, but the rewards are the pride and satisfaction
of a job well done.