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Wisconsin is the Mount Horeb Fire and EMS Department. Herein lies an armada of Emergency apparatus and equipment which is amongst the finest in the country. A curious blend of technology and tradition is presented in a tastefully and delightfully decorated engine house. You need not be a fire buff to capture the delight that is present.

Visitors will see ornately decorated fire apparatus, all in a rich and unusual jet black, a marvelous toy fire engine collection, antique memorabilia including firefighting equipment, framed prints and original paintings, an historic fire pole, and cobblestone driveway, and traditional firehouse furniture and furnishings.

None of these facilities or features can surpass the hospitality afforded by the members. No visiting hours are actually scheduled, but seldom is there a time when members are not present to conduct tours.

The Mount Horeb Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service provides BLS-EMS, rescue, fire prevention, fire suppression, haz mat, first responder control, public fire and EMS education for the Mount Horeb Area Fire District. Municipalities included in the district are villages of Mount Horeb and Blue Mounds; Townships of Blue Mounds; Cross Plains, Perry, Primrose, Springdale, and Vermont; all in Dane County, Wisconsin.

In addition to providing basic life support emergency medical service and full fire protection for the Mount Horeb District, they also find time to organize and provide four community-wide events, two of which double as department fundraisers. The EMS Country Jamboree held the first Saturday in May features two country stage shows and a huge country dance at the firehouse. Folks of all ages delight in the Fourth of July Parade, featuring children in holiday costumes and on decorated bicycles, wagons, scooters, etc., patriotic tunes from the local community band, an inspiring flag raising, fireworks, and refreshing treats for all.

The biggest event of the year is the Fire Muster on the last Saturday in August. There are traditional Muster events including water fights, a fire memorabilia flea market, and fire education and activities for children are scheduled throughout the day. A country and nostalgic concert, and an oldies dance starts in the afternoon until midnight. Food and beverages are served continuously throughout the day.

The Lighting of the Tree is held at twilight the second Saturday in December. A silent parade of the fire apparatus delivers ever expected Santa Claus to the Mount Horeb Fire Station. The Department's Christmas tree is lighted while traditional carols are sung by all, accompanied by the community band. Santa visits with children, while volunteers prepare a huge community potluck supper.

The spirit truly abounds in this small community fire department. Stop in and feel it for yourself. Visit the Fire Department Mount Horeb.

To order the Mount Horeb EMS unit contact Jenny Minter at (608) 437-5571.