The Rhinelander Fire Department is compromised of 20 full time Firefighters. Firefighters also provide Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of Rhinelander. 16 Firefighters are Paramedics, 1 is an IV Tech and 3 are EMT-Basics.
The fire department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, Paramedic level EMS and a wide range of specialty services. A minimum of 5 firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day 365 days a year ready to respond to any type of emergency. The Rhinelander Fire Department operates out of 1 station with a fleet of 2 Engines, 1 Aerial Ladder Truck, and 3 ALS Ambulances.
Firefighters are assigned to a 6 man crew and work 48 hour shifts followed by 96 hours off. Each crew has a Deputy Chief, Lieutenant, 2 Drivers and 2 Firefighters. Between calls Firefighters are constantly training, conducting fire prevention activities, doing preventive maintenance, working out and completing daily cleaning. At night Firefighters are allowed to sleep, however they are always ready to respond to calls.
In 2015 the department responded to 1,829 calls for service. Emergency Medical Services account for over 80% of the department's run volume.