New Germany Fire Department


Since 1901, the New Germany Fire Department has provided service, loyalty, and protection to the city of New Germany, as well as to the surrounding townships of Camden and Hollywood.

The volunteer department currently has more than 20 active members, and five rescue reserve members (those who are available during the day and can be either first responders, firefighters, or both).

Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Though being a firefighter involves significant commitment, intense training, and likely danger, the members of the fire department manage to find an opportunity for recreation every year. 

The New Germany Fire Department Relief Association hosts its annual softball tournament each August, and typically, more than 20 local fire departments participate.

Anyone who lives or works within the fire protection zone served by the department is eligible to volunteer for membership. Physical and other requirements must be met. Contact any fire department officer for more information on joining this honorable crew.

Intense training is an important part of being a firefighter. All members of the department participate in regular, ongoing training in a variety of areas. The department conducts one training meeting every month, and in addition to this, members participate in classes and training events throughout the year.

One of the goals of the department is to make sure firefighters are always prepared to deal with the situations they may encounter. Today, training is more important than ever, because the nature of firefighting has evolved over the years.

Equipment to fight fires has also evolved, and this is another reason that ongoing training is vital. Firefighters must be comfortable with, and understand the equipment before they are called upon to use it at a fire scene.

Active members:

  • Steve VanLith
  • Eric Roepke
  • Bruce Fillbrandt
  • Ryan Goede
  • Dan Ruschmeier
  • Dan Mielke
  • Travis Kubasch
  • John Lenarz
  • Ria Roland
  • Brock Sennes
  • Craig Kahle
  • Dan Lundeen
  • Cole Midthun
  • Clayton Quaas
  • Jacob Floer
  • Nick Erickson
  • Alex Kurtz
  • Jacob Kemnitz
  • Dan Derusha
  • Dustin O’Brien
  • Jon Heitz
Dan Lundeen and Dan DeRusha, members of the New Germany Fire Department, participated in a prescribed burn recently to help the regrowth of native grasses for area landowners. The fire department makes the burn safer than if residents did it themselves, as the fire fighters have the proper equipment and resources.
New Germany Fire Department members Dan Lundeen, Clayton Quaas, and Craig Kahle are seated in the Polaris 6×6 UTV fire apparatus owned by the fire department, as Eric Roepke stands in background. The UTV is used to put fires out and get around at fire scenes and off-road medical or rescue calls where the large trucks cannot go.