By Tim Kowols
While the median annual salary of a firefighter in Wisconsin is $36,580 according to a BusinessInsider.com report, many residents from Door and Kewaunee counties do it for the love of public service. Most fire departments in Door and Kewaunee counties are made up of part-time and volunteer members who are on-call between shifts at their full-time job. Despite the time commitment required, Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says some of the most rewarding moments include saving someone’s house and personal property from fire, performing CPR on someone and saving their life, and building relationships based on trust.
You can contact your local fire department to see if there is room for you to join and get a schedule of upcoming meetings and training. Vandertie’s other jobs in the public safety field, which include Door County Sheriff’s Deputy and member of the Brussels-Union Emergency Medical Responders will be featured in future “Why Be A…” segments.