About Us

Raymond Fire and Rescue Department has a rich history dating back to 1961. Many philosphies, ideals, and practices hold true today. One of which is our people and our actions. Our duties do not start and end on a scene. The membership dedicate many long hours keeping the service running. Officers often attend 3 - 4 meetings each month. All members carve out 4 Mondays a month, for training and maintenance. Learn more about the outstanding individuals and projects in one of the sections below.

Mass Casualty Training

History of the Fire Service

The history of the fire service and its development around fire prevention codes is very interesting. Archeologists have dated man's ability to make fire back hundreds of thousands of years. The ancient method of making fire involved considerable time and muscle creating heat through friction with a fire drill or similar devices. Once a fire was started every effort was made to keep the fire burning. A "Fire Watch" was created to keep the fire from dying. In some early cultures, if the individual assigned the fire watch allowed the fire to die, he was severely punished or put to death.

Historians credit the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar with creating the first organized body of men as a fire fighting force. Caesar's first organization failed, mainly because the body consisted of slaves who were reluctant to risk their lives for their Roman masters. Caesar eventually established a corps consisting of 7,000 men and commanded by the praefectus vigilium, the direct ancestor of today's fire chief. The early Roman emperors are credited for initiating some principles of building construction codes, such as firewalls, and other fire prevention regulations that we use today.

Building construction and the combustible materials within them made interior attack and suppression with water almost impossible. Fires were stopped by firefighters using a rope and hook to pull the buildings down by securing the hook to the rings that were embedded into the walls of the structures, the term "hook and Ladder" originates from this practice. Early colonists established a body of fire wardens to patrol the settlements at night and give alarm in the event of fire. They also enforced fire laws and made chimney inspections.

The concept of insurance against loss spread from Europe to the colonies. Most insurance companies failed until Benjamin Franklin, founder of the Philadelphia Contributor Ship Insurance Company, convinced the City of Philadelphia to purchase buckets, hooks, and ladders; and to pass fire safety ordinances. Franklin, a publisher, frequently wrote articles with fire prevention and fire safety tips. Because of this, Franklin is credited for establishing the fire service in America.

History reflects that the fire service was established around the concept of fire prevention. As Benjamin Franklin stated, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many states continued with funding programs, based upon Benjamin Franklin's concept of providing financial aid to support the fire service. Wisconsin has the 2% Fire Dues Fund, which is administered by the Fire Prevention Section of the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Firefighters belong to a unique culture representing diverse backgrounds and occupations. Many of our great early American leaders, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams, used their membership on fire companies to support their campaigns for political office. Paul Revere used his firefighter status to gain access to the streets the night he made his famous ride. Volunteer fire companies formed into military regiments, during several American conflicts. Many firefighters made the great sacrifice and died valiantly in military battles. The Gettysburg Battlefield has a statue honoring the Philadelphia regiment of all-volunteer firefighters who fought in every major battle of the Civil War.

Credit: Wisconsin Fire Service Guidebook, Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services Fire Prevention Program, Revised July 2014