Internship Program

The City of Fitchburg Fire Department is a combination (career and paid-on-call) fire department staffed by approximately 80 members including nine student interns.

The department serves a diverse population of more than 25,260 residents and over 700 businesses in 35.2 square miles of urban and rural areas.

We operate 4 Engine companies, 1 Ladder Tower, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Tenders, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Air/Light/Rehab vehicle and 1 ATV, as well as several command cars out of two firehouses.

We provide the following services: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Vehicle Extrication, Public Education and Basic EMS first-response (non-transport) to our community. In 2013, we responded to over 1500 incidents including six structure fires, several vehicle extrications, and numerous other requests for emergency services.

Who We Look For
  • Motivated individuals to become part of our organization
  • Hard working people who go the extra step to maintain readiness for our vehicles and facilities
  • Individuals interested in beginning a career in the fire service
What We Offer
  • Housing in one of our firehouses (at no cost)
  • Biweekly stipend of $150
  • Tuition and book reimbursement up to $1,500 per semester; amount is based on GPA
  • Payment for emergency responses and training events
  • Opportunity to attend training outside FFD
  • Full personal protective equipment
  • Possible acceptance into the paramedic program
  • A tremendous 2- or 3-year learning experience to complement a formal education
What We Expect
  • A minimum of a 2 cumulative GPA in all MATC courses while in the Internship Program
  • A minimum of a 3 cumulative GPA in Fire Science courses
  • Attendance at scheduled FFD training activities
  • Completion of Wisconsin and Fitchburg minimum requirements for training
  • Response to major incidents when available
How to Apply
  • You must be enrolled in, or have an application pending for admission to, the Madison College Fire Science degree program.
  • To apply, visit Human Resources' Fire Intern Program page.
For more information about the program please check out the Intern Program Brochure, or you may contact Deputy Chief of Operations Chad Grossen via email.  He may also be reached by telephone at 608-278-2980.