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History of Stoddard Bergen Fire Department

Our local fire department can trace its’ history back to the original incorporation of the Village of Stoddard in 1904. With the acquisition of the first piece of fire hose, but it wasn’t until 1943 that the organization then is known as the Stoddard Fire Department first came into existence, with the donation of a truck from a local lumber company to haul hose, ladders, and equipment.  The primary goal of the Department was to provide fire protection for the local residences and businesses. 

The Department has changed and grown since then as the needs of the community have grown.  In 1978, the Village of Stoddard and the Town of Bergen entered into an agreement to provide fire protection and fire inspection services for the approximately 54 square miles of the Town of Bergen, including the Village of Stoddard and part of the Mississippi River, thus creating the Stoddard-Bergen Volunteer Fire Department.  In 1981, the Department was granted licensure by the State of Wisconsin to start the Stoddard-Bergen First Responders as an entity of the Department.  In 1989, a new station was built and is still in use today.

The Department has seen many individuals volunteer their services, and currently has an active roster of 25 members.  The Department is currently a member of the Vernon County Fire Mutual Aid Association, Vernon County EMS Association, Southern Wisconsin/Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association, LaCrosse County MABAS 134, Vernon County MABAS 157, and The Wisconsin State Firefighters Association.  Our primary goal is the preservation and protection of life and property for the Village of Stoddard and Township of Bergen, provide EMS services, provide Technical Rescue services, fire prevention and education toward same, firefighting and suppression, and assist adjoining Fire Departments where mutual aid agreements exist. 

Fire Fighters believe in God and that he created man to serve his purpose among which is service to others in his name.

We believe that caring for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns, and medical emergencies is our institutional calling.

We are patriots, each willing to serve his country with fidelity and courage. We cherish independence under law and freedom with responsibility.

We honor family. We respect our parents, wives, and children. We instill in our children the tenets of this creed and the heritage from which it emanates.

As individuals, we pledge ourselves to integrity, virtue, and nobility of character. Our intentions will be honorable, our relations will be trustworthy, and our spirits are forgiving of each other.

As brothers and sisters, we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support each other in adherence to this creed so that we and our community will be a better place because of our fraternity and its principles.

As Fire Fighters, we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe service to others is the world's greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its mission with spirit, time, talent, and means.