The Oneida-Wataga Fire Protection District was founded in 1946.  The protection district encompasses 82 square miles and includes two towns, many farms and their surrounding countryside.  We are a volunteer service that makes a continual strive to better itself for the betterment of the community we serve. 


     We have two bases for operation that house all of our equipment and our trucks.   One building lies in Wataga.  It was built new in 2007 at 316 W. Willard St. to take over the job for the older building which was no longer big enough for the needs of the community.  Wataga also houses one of the district's two ambulances.  The other base is located at 254 N. Sage St. in Oneida.  It was built new in 2011 and took over the job for the two older buildings which were located one on the north side and one on the south side of the railroad tracks.


     As our emblem states we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore 365 days a year.  When our protection district is in need, we have made the commitment to be there to help.  Today we have 32 members.  We have two brush trucks, two tankers, and four engines that are available at any time should an emergency arrive. So total, that is approximately 8,000 gallons of water on wheels that is available for use should the need arise.


     We also assist the ambulance service with patient care if needed, as all of our fire fighters are also CPR, AED and blood borne pathogen certified.  All of our firefighters are required to have 18 hours of continuing education every year.  In addition approximately half of our fire fighters are also licensed first responders or EMT Basics.  This requires 40 hours of classroom time and 24 hours of continuing education every 4 years to maintain a valid license for first responders, and 120 hours of classroom time and 120 hours of continuing education every four years to maintain an EMT Basic license.


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