The interior of the trail rescue sled is spacious with room for an attendant, patient and rescue equipment. It can also be outfitted with a wheel kit to move injured bicyclists, hikers, hunters and others who use the trails surrounding St. Germain.
The interior of the trail rescue sled is spacious with room for an attendant, patient and rescue equipment. It can also be outfitted with a wheel kit to move injured bicyclists, hikers, hunters and others who use the trails surrounding St. Germain.
The St. Germain Fire and Rescue Firefighters Association held its 41st annual fish fry at Knockers Pizza Company in St. Germain April 28. 

The event was well attended and, along with the flea market, is a main source of revenue for the association. Support comes from those who live in the area and those who support the dinner through tickets purchased by mail.

Volunteers from the department provided help cooking, organizing, serving, clearing tables and delivering take out meals. 

The association uses proceeds from these events to provide needed equipment for the department without adding to the tax burden of residents and businesses in the town. 

In addition to the dinner, the department’s latest piece of rescue equipment, a  “Snowbulance” was on display. The sled was donated in memory of Rob Hegwood, who died Nov. 17, 2018, at age 60 from cancer.

Hegwood was an avid snowmobiler who resided in Brookfield and had a home in the St. Germain area. He was also a member of the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club.

While on a snowmobile ride a few years ago, Hegwood’s group came upon an accident and realized how important the area’s rescue services could be on the trails. The snowbulance is a device which provides an injured patient and rescue person an enclosed, heated environment for transport out of the woods.

The snowbulance is equipped with safety and interior lighting, a bench seat for an attendant, and easy entry doors. It may also be outfitted with a set of wheels for rescue from biking, hiking or other wooded trail emergencies.

The Rob Hegwood family and their friends made the purchase of this unit possible. A sizeable donation was mady by the Ixonia-Concord Explorers, Hegwood’s Brookfield-area snowmobile club.

St. Germain Fire and Rescue staff is happy to work with anyone willing to make memorial or other donations toward the purchase of equipment. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the wheel kit which would allow the rig to be used for summer trail rescues may do so by contacting Chief Tim Gebhardt at (715) 891-1800.