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Spider Lake Fire Department

Our area has a rich history of community involvement, with residents working together to make the Town of Spider Lake a safe place to live, work and play. To this end, a concerned group of neighbors and family members began the Spider lake Fire Department in 1978, and held its first official meeting on February 5, 1979, with Jack Laakson acting as the first Fire Chief.


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There were 23 Firefighters when the crew began, 9 reserve members, 3 First Responders, and 2 Radio Operators, all dedicated volunteers. Two of the original members, brothers Charlie and George Brandt, continue to be active participants in the department. The first fire truck and any equipment was stored in a maintenance shed at Dow’s corner. In the mid 1980’s, as the population grew, so did the needs of the Department. The town built a combination Fire Department/Maintenance Building, which continues to house most of the fire equipment and is located adjacent to the Town Hall. The community continued to grow, and a 2 stall pole building was built in 1988 on Tews Road, on land generously leased by Gary Pickard to SLFD for 99 years at no cost.

The Town of Spider Lake – Fire Chief is Lee Nelson, who had been the Assistant Chief. There are currently 13 active volunteers in the department.

Regular monthly meetings are held at the town hall on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Monthly training meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The location of training meetings varies. The SLFD is ALWAYS looking for interested persons to serve as Firefighters, Equipment Drivers, EMT’s and First Responders. For more information call Lee at 715-462-4514.

SLFD is a member of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association.