Department History

Rich History

The Thiensville Volunteer Fire Department has a rich history of service to the community. The spirit of volunteerism began in 1857 when John Henry Thien, for which Thiensville was named, organized the Thiensville Fire Engine Company to protect the life and property of this growing area. Interestingly, the area had been settled by German immigrants so all department records were written in German up until 1911 when the Village was founded. The department, made up of volunteers, had a humble beginning consisting of a crude horse drawn hand-pumper and traditional bucket brigade equipment. Although primitive by today's standards, the Thiensville Fire Engine company was the only one of its kind in the area. The Thiensville Fire Engine Company was never satisfied with status quo, so the volunteers worked tirelessly to fund-raise money to improve their equipment.


Although the fire service techniques, equipment, and personnel have become infinitely more technical, the Thiensville Fire Department remains a volunteer fire department of dedicated men and women with the unwavering commitment to protect and serve the residents of the Village. To this day, members of the Thiensville Fire Department dedicate countless volunteer hours to fund-raise to help defer the spiraling cost of equipment replacement for the Village.

On the Forefront

Thiensville continues to play a leadership role in Ozaukee County as it was the first department in Ozaukee County to provide paramedic level patient care. Thiensville Fire was the first fire department in Ozaukee County to introduce 5” large diameter supply line to assist with water flow for fire ground operations, and most recently, the first department to utilize compressed air foam for fire attack. Compressed air foam or (C.A.F.S.) has fantastic fire knock down capability, dissipates heat quickly and greatly reduces water use. Thiensville also continues to provide a top notched trained dive rescue team that has the ability to respond to swift water rescues, cold water and ice rescues, and traditional water rescue and recovery.