Grilling Safety

As the temperature creeps up, many of us will pull out our grills and start to cook outdoors again.  Here is what the Green Bay City Ordinance states about grilling.  “Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.”  This ordinance only applies to apartment buildings with three or more units (including a house that is divided into three or more units).


Here are the important points from the ordinance and other grilling safety tips.


  • All grills (charcoal and propane) must be placed a minimum of 10ft. from any building. The further the better.
  • No grills of any kind are permitted above ground level such as a balcony or deck. If you live on the second or third story of an apartment you must take your grill to ground level.
  • Be mindful of where the smoke from your grill is going. You might have to adjust the location of a grill to please your neighbors depending on the wind conditions.
  • Clean your grill. Grease and other gunk can catch fire inside your grill if you let it build up.
  • Always keep a close eye on your grill when you are cooking. Just because its outside doesn’t mean it’s safe.
  • No grilling indoors or in your garage. (Believe it or not, I have seen people use smaller propane or even charcoal grills in a house!)


Many garage fires have started by a grill that was hastily put in a garage while it was still hot.  Charcoal grills can stay hot enough to start a fire for hours after you are done cooking on them.  Let’s all do our part to keep this grilling season a safe one!

Now Hiring


Fox Valley Technical College creates a list of qualified candidates and facilitates the application process for the following participating fire departments:

Career (Full-Time) Positions:

  • Appleton Fire Department
  • De Pere Fire Rescue
  • Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue
  • Grand Chute Fire Department
  • Green Bay Metro Fire Department
  • Manitowoc Fire Department
  • Neenah/Menasha Fire Rescue
  • Oshkosh Fire Department
  • Sheboygan Fire Department
  • Two Rivers Fire Department
  • West Bend Fire Department

Part-Time Positions:

  • De Pere Fire Rescue Paid On-Call General
  • De Pere Fire Rescue Paid On-Call EMS Only
  • Grand Chute Fire Department Paid On-Call Premise
  • Two Rivers Fire Department Paid On-Call

Click Here for Fox Valley Technical College Regional Hiring Process 2016

Green Bay Achieves An ISO Rating Of Class 1






The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was recently notified by Insurance Service Office (ISO) that we have been upgraded to a Class 1 Community.   Green Bay is the first city in the State of Wisconsin to achieve this rating and one of only 132 in the US that are rated Class 1.  There are 48,855 fire departments in the United States that are graded by ISO and this places  the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in the top .3%.  Classifications range from 1, representing superior property fire protection, to Class 10 which indicates that the community does not meet the ISO’s lowest criteria.


ISO evaluates a community’s fire protection services.  This includes things such as; fire department staffing, fire prevention activities, training, water supply, and communications.  A community’s ISO rating assists insurance companies in setting their premium rates.  Generally speaking, a community with a Class 1 rating will have much lower property insurance premiums than a Class 5 community.



Campfires and the burn ban in Brown County

Communities that WILL still allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County. Most of the below municipalities have a local ordinance concerning campfires/recreational fires that spell out specific guidelines that are needed to have one. Many of them have a website that you can go to look up the requirements.





De Pere

Green Bay








Communities that will NOT allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County.



New Franken(exception is Bayshore Campground)

Lt. Nick Craig

Green Bay Metro Fire Department


Flow Path Training

Media Advisory
Contact Info: Division Chief Brent Elliott Green Bay Metro Fire Department D (920) 448-3291 C (920) 615-6896
Green Bay Metro Fire Trains on New Firefighting Tactics

Why: Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) teamed up to do a series of fire tests in buildings to study fire behavior. Their research showed and tested new ways to attack a fire that can actually increase occupant survivability and also make it safer for firefighters. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department has revised our Standard Operating Guidelines and will be practicing some of the techniques during the upcoming training.

When: February 14, 18, 24 Please call for specific times.

What: All firefighters will have an opportunity to cycle through live fire training evolutions to put the new firefighting tactics to use and become proficient with them.

Where: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Burn Tower located at 2565 Larsen Rd. across from the Green Bay Botanical Gardens

It’s Fire Prevention Week!

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Green Bay Metro Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Stay safe in the hot weather!

High Temperatures Can Cause Injuries and Death


Green Bay, WI July 20, 2016—The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is urging residents to stay out of the hot humid temperatures if at all possible.  Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can begin to take a toll on people, especially the elderly.  Tips to “beat the heat” are:


  • Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  No alcohol or caffeine.
  • Get some Popsicles® and/or ice chips.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, go somewhere that is or go into the basement.
  • Don’t go outside during the hottest part of the day, which is usually from 3-5pm.
  • Limit your activity.
  • Pay special attention to infants and elderly family members.  They do not have the same thermoregulation as the general population.
  • Never leave children, elderly, or pets in vehicles during this hot weather (even with the windows down).


Common heat illnesses are:


  • Heat Cramps- are muscle contractions and usually affect the abdomen, calves, thighs, and shoulders.  They are usually experienced during or immediately following vigorous exercise or work in a hot environment.  Heat cramps can usually be treated by moving to a cooler area (shade) and drinking lots of fluids.
  • Heat Exhaustion- is a result of excessive heat and dehydration.  Signs of heat exhaustion are an elevated body temperature, nausea, paleness, rapid heartbeat, and cold moist sweaty skin. Move the person to a cool area promptly and give them cold fluids (always non-alcoholic) to drink. Use cold compresses, especially to the neck and head.
  • Heat stroke- is a life threatening condition if left untreated and in many cases follows heat exhaustion.  It is caused by the body's inability to sweat, while continuing to overheat.  Signs of heat stroke are hot, dry skin with no sweat, confusion, throbbing headache, rapid heartbeat and/or unconsciousness. Get emergency help immediately. Until help arrives, cool the person down rapidly with ice packs, garden hose, wet sheet, etc.  The quicker you get them cooled down, the better.