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Looking for a Fire Safety Tool to Use?


Central Wisconsin has another tool to use for fire safety visits and outings…a trailer from the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety.  This trailer is a modified pop-up camper that can be used at any type of event in which fire and burn prevention is a part of.  The trailer is housed at the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department and is available for use by Central Wisconsin fire departments as needed.  The trailer has a TV/VCR combo donated by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin to show educational videos at events, as well as various educational handouts ranging from safety brochures to coloring books. 


The Department is looking for area agencies to create/fund various safety displays that are going to become a permanent part of the safety trailer.  These displays can include, but not limited to smoke detector displays, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, holiday safety, camping/recreational safety, escape ladders, etc.  If any department wishes to contribute with a display, please contact Scott Owen at the Marshfield Fire Department to let him know which display you are interested in.  Please seriously consider making/donating a display for this trailer that will be used at events throughout Central Wisconsin.


            If your department is interested in using this trailer, please contact Deputy Chief Ed Erickson at the Marshfield Fire Department to request it.  There are no charges to use the trailer, we only ask that the trailer be returned clean and a few pictures be taken of it in use be forwarded to the trailer’s host department.


History of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety:
The Need for Fire Safety

In a span of fifteen days, three City of Milwaukee fires took the lives of seventeen children and three adults, with one of these fires claiming 12 deaths. At the time, it had been the worst single residential fire tragedy in the history of Wisconsin. 


Then Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier created a task force to address the seriousness of the threat of fire towards the citizens of Milwaukee. Representatives from many organizations met to attempt to find a solution, and after many months of intense interaction the task force gave its report.  In simple terms the task force analyzed that fire safety education, especially with the youth of the city, would be the key element to reduce tragic fires.  As a state, city, and as an organization, the lesson learned was that we, as a fire service, needed to educate the members of our community, in order to prevent a repeat of that tragedy. 


After two years of planning, some of the original members of the Fire Safety Task Force were recruited along with several other fire safety minded state personnel to conduct a charter meeting coordinated through the Milwaukee Fire Department. The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety was born that day, June 22, 1991. On March 17, 1992, the Alliance obtained its present 501(c)3 status with the help of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's office.


Sponsoring such programs as the Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth, the Burn Center Golf Invitational benefiting local hospitals and education programs, and the Juvenile Fire Setters programs, the Alliance is dedicated to being a fire safety and prevention resource for the State of Wisconsin.


The Mission of WAFS

The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety will promote fire safety & burn prevention and support burn survivors. We will do this through our members in communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.


WAFS Contact Information

For additional information on the Alliance, its programs, or services, contact us by:



Telephone:      800-315-0911

Postal address

Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety
PO Box 1442
Brookfield, WI 53008

Email (General Information):  


Contact Information for the Marshfield Fire Department

Postal Address:
          412 E. 4th Street
          Marshfield, WI  54449


Telephone:       715-486-2094

Email:               General information

                         Deputy Chief Ed Erickson