Mauston volunteer fire fighter Bernard Resch was recognized by Mauston Mayor Brian McGuire Tuesday night during the Mauston City Council meeting. Resch retired after 39-years of service which included 21-years as the Department’s Secretary-Treasurer. Fire Chief Hale also thanked Resch for his dedication.

During the Mauston City Council meeting Tuesday night, Chief Kim Hale gave the department’s end of year report.  In 2012, the Mauston Fire Department responded to 44-calls in the City, 40 Rural calls, plus 13 mutual aid responses to help other fire departments, plus overseeing the 4th of July fireworks and being on standby during the County Fair.  Chief Hale told the Council, “the death at the end of the year bothered the volunteers.  The route to the house in the Town of Lindina was blocked by a train and the men were debriefed afterwards.  They concluded, even if crews could have arrived 10-minutes earlier, the life of the elderly man couldn’t have been saved.  The Chief’s recommendation would be to develop a bypass route around the waste water treatment plant east of Mauston.  The unpaved road exits, but was unplowed at the time of the fire call.  Hale also updated the Council on the arrival of the new pumper truck.  Several fire fighters will be traveling to Appleton Friday to pick up the new fire truck.