Each day, the members of the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department do their part to maintain readiness in case of an emergency.

That readiness may include testing trucks and equipment as well as getting the required personal training completed.

For example, in August 2019, Deputy Chief Brady Brever said the Fort McCoy Fire Department supported driver-operator certification training that not only included a Fort McCoy firefighter as a student but also helped 19 Army Reserve Soldiers receive their certifications on fire trucks.

"They attended three classes resulting in certifications in fire apparatus engineer, mobile water supply apparatus driver-operator, and aircraft rescue firefighting apparatus engineer," Brever said. "The classes were taught by the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and funded through the 416th Theater Engineer Command."

A well-trained department of personnel means readiness is high, Brever said. The Fort McCoy Fire Department's dedication to maintain accredited status is proof.

The department is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This means the department is one of 62 Department of Defense agencies and one of only six Army installations to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching "ftmccoy," and on Twitter by searching "usagmccoy."

(Photo essay compiled from multiple sources.)