From January to August 2016, the Mayer Fire Department responded to about 63 calls.
In 2015, there was a total of 98 calls — a few more than usual. In 2014, there was a total of 75 calls, which is similar to past years. (There were 69 calls in 2011, 76 in 2012, and 81 in 2013.)
Although assisting with accidents, injuries, fires, and other urgent situations can be a challenge, the Mayer Fire Department is well-equipped to handle these scenarios.
Each department member is required to complete firefighter I and first responder courses in his or her first two years of membership.
Members must also complete four first responder courses and one ladder training yearly among other trainings, including in-house training and burns training.
The department has training officers who organize and implement department trainings each month. Regular meetings also take place 12 times a year, the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire station (400 Ash Ave. N.).
For confirmed fires in Mayer, Carver County Dispatch recently began paging both the Mayer and New Germany fire departments. That way, more firefighters are able to respond quickly to the emergency.
New fire truck
Having the right equipment is also essential for emergency preparation.
In 2015, the Mayer Fire Department purchased a new Sparton ERV fire truck.
According to Fire Chief Rod Maetzold, the new truck is larger and safer. It is also automatic instead of manual transmission, which makes it easier to drive.
Mayer’s fire department also has individual gear and lockers for each firefighter, two pumpers, two tankers, two grass rigs, a rescue truck, an equipment truck, and a boat.
In order to keep its supplies up to date, the department hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. A fish fry will take place the second-to-last Sunday in October, and the first Sunday in April 2017.
Join the team
The Mayer Fire Department, which is the smallest fire district in Carver County because of its proximity to surrounding communities, covers the City of Mayer and portions of Watertown, Hollywood, Camden, and Waconia townships.
To learn more about becoming a member of the Mayer Fire Department, contact Fire Chief Rod Maetzold at (952) 657-2291 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayer Fire Department currently has 26 members. They are listed here, along with their years of service:
• Rod Maetzold, 45
• Bob Carlson, 33
• Tom Stifter, 31
• Pat Esser, 27
• Jon Maetzold, 26
• Andrew Herd, 24
• Andy Maetzold, 23
• Marty Seltz, 22
• Butch Snow, 20
• Josh McIntosh, 19
• Adam Maetzold, 18
• Debbie Hill, 18
• Brent Hilk, 13
• Scott Theisen, 13
• Kevin Nace, 12
• Jeff Jackson, 12
• Nathan Hoese, 11
• Jeff Vollmer, 11
• Erick Boder, 9
• Nate McNeilly, 8
• Zachary Stifter, 8
• Todd Johnson, 7
• Frank Neudorff, 5
• Anna Boote, 4
• Dave Weibel, 4
• Shawn Cooper, 3