The Company


The South Wales Fire Company, founded in 1928, currently provides fire protection and emergency medical services to portions of the Town of Wales and Town of Aurora. With a current active membership of 40, the fire company responds to an average of  200 alarms each year.

The South Wales Fire Company has fully trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), Intermediate EMT’s, and Certified First Responders who are equipped to handle all types of Emergency Medical and Rescue calls.  In addition, our EMS response is supplemented with a Rural Metro Paramedic backup.

Adopt A Fire Hydrant

Hydrant SnowAs the snow continues to fall and pile up, fire hydrants are becoming buried, which makes it difficult for firefighters to locate them in an emergency. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company asks our residents to please try and clear snow from around fire hydrants, and ensure that they are not buried in snow by snowplows or snowblowers.  Snow-covered fire hydrants cost valuable time when firefighters must locate and uncover them when responding to a fire call. 

Firefighters need plenty of room to maneuver around a hydrant. It takes a wrench as long as two feet to loosen the caps and firefighters generally need a couple feet of clearance all around a hydrant so they have room to work.

Fire departments across the country are asking local citizens to adopt a hydrant near their homes or workplaces and keep it clear of snow and visible to emergency services personnel at all times. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company urges our residents to do the same. Every second counts when fighting a fire and clearly visible fire hydrants in every neighborhood can save homes and lives.  Thank you for your help in keeping the South Wales fire district safe.

Member Training Links


Bloodborne Pathogens

Hazardous Communication

Lockout-Tagout Program



Introduction to Incident Command System

ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

National Response Framework, An Introduction



EAFC 400 MHz Radio System Training Material

E.D.I.T.H. – Exit Drills In The Home

If you have a fire tonight, will you get out safely?

You’ll have a better chance of getting out safely if you’ve planned ahead. Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family. Everyone should know two ways out of each room and know where to meet outside. Make sure everyone understands that getting out is the first priority. And remember, once you’re outside, stay out.

A home escape plan must be created and practiced so that each person knows exactly what to do. It also is important to practice Exit Drills In The Home.

Most residential fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Deaths from residential fires occur in greater numbers between midnight and 4 a.m. when most people are asleep. An average of 800 fires strike residential buildings each day in the United States. More than 6,500 persons die each year from fire – more than half of them children and senior citizens. The majority of these deaths are in home fires.

Regardless of the cause of the fire, a home may be filled with smoke. This is a very dangerous situation. Family members may be unable to see very well. The smoke and toxic gases may cause dizziness and disorientation. In the confusion, one can easily become lost or trapped in the home. Family members must understand that their safety depends upon quickly leaving the home. It has been proven that exit drills reduce chance of panic and injury in fires and that trained and informed people have a much better chance to survive fires in their home.

Fire Company Officers

Chief Marty O’Connor
1st Asst. Chief Jason Breeser
2nd Asst. Chief Mike Heitman

Truck Room Captain Mike McClure
Truck Room Lieutenant Jeff Heitman
Fire Captain Nick Pollutro
Fire Police Captain William Reed
EMS Captain Sarajane Brognano
EMS Lieutenant Kathy Rose
Rescue Captain Dave Benedict
Safety Officer Paul Rose
Training Officer Tim Hausauer
Fire Prevention Officer Linda Popiel

Truck #2 Captain Ian Ginnick
Truck #4 Captain Ed Kibler
Truck #5 Captain Ed Belter
Truck #6 Captain Chris Gowanlock
Truck #7 Captain Dave Benedict
Truck #8 Captain Bill Voss

President Charlene Schneckenberger
Vice-President Deana Bresser
Secretary Bill Voss
Treasurer Cheryl Ciapa
Sergeant-At-Arms Bill Reed

Fire Company Roster

SWFC Active Members

Last Name First Name   Last Name First Name
Argenio Joe   Kibler Ed
Belter, Jr Ed   Knuth Wilbur
Benedict David   Kowalski Barb
Breeser Deana   McClure Mike
Breeser Jason   Melnyk Shannon
Brognano Sarajane   O’Connor Brenda
Butcher Don   O’Connor Marty
Ciapa Cheryl   Pollutro Nick
Ginnick Ian   Reed Bill
Gowanlock Chris   Rose Kathy
Hausauer John   Rose Paul
Hausauer Tim   Schneckenberger Charlene
Heitman Jeff   Schneckenberger Misha
Heitman Mike   Trzyna Rich
Hooper Doug   Voss Bill
Jakubczak Kayla   Wysocki Gary
      Zolet Brian

Gow School Junior Firefighters

Last Name First Name      
Cotter Andrew      
Halet Philip      
Kieron Foggan      
Nicholson T.K.      

Dedication to the Community

Not only does the South Wales Volunteer Fire Company provide education and emergency services to the community, it is also dedicated to developing a tight-knit community. Each year, the Fire Company hosts two chicken barbeques, one in May, and one in September. In addition, various other events presented by both the Fire Company and the Auxiliary help to bring together members of the community and the Fire Company. These events continue to enhance the exceptional relationship the Fire Company has achieved with the community. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Check back often for updated news and details about upcoming events!

Committed To Excellence

The members of the Fire Company constantly strive to improve the quality of their services to the community. Progressive training requirements help meet that goal. Annually, the men and women of the South Wales Fire Company attend over 2000 hours of training, not including time spent responding to emergencies.

Hey Kids!

Learn about ways that we can keep safe and prevent fires. 

Click on Sparky  or Smokey the Bear below and they will take you to different pages with lots of games and fun stuff to do.


Membership Information

What if no one answered the Call?

This slogan,  used in a national volunteer recruitment, sums it up well.

How Can You Help?

Desire To Serve. Courage To Act.

Firefighting is not for everyone, but Volunteering can be. There is plenty of opportunity to serve the community through the South Wales Volunteer Fire Company and much of it has nothing to do with actual firefighting. Fire and emergency services are one of the most diverse and challenging professions today and everyone can contribute in some capacity – even you. The South Wales Volunteer Fire Company is currently seeking dedicated men and women to join our team.

Get involved! Serve your community, help your neighbor, learn something new, and challenge yourself to make a difference.

Why Volunteer?

Community service, neighbors helping neighbors, and the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference are all good reasons to volunteer. Most communities rely on the people who live within them to help each other, and South Wales is no exception. Perhaps one of your neighbors is a volunteer with the South Wales Fire Company, already.

Please stop by the fire hall any Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm to meet our current volunteers, to pick up an application, or to discuss memebership with any of our members. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and welcome the opportunity to provide you with additional information about volunteering with the South Wales Fire Company.

Smoke Alarms

Can you afford to spend a few minutes each month to test the smoke alarms in your home? Can you afford not to? Going without the protection of a working smoke alarm is a risk too dangerous to take. In a fire, you’ll need every second to get out safely, and the early warning from a smoke alarm can make the difference between surviving a fire and dying in one.  Test your smoke alarms today. You can’t afford not to.

Working Smoke Detectors and Carbon-Monoxide Detectors Save Lives!

Home Heating Safety

A warm, cozy fire or warmth from a space heater can quickly spell danger during the cold winter months of November through March – the time when home fires and home fire-related deaths are more likely to occur.  Each year, nearly 600 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires and another 40,000 children are injured.

To help prevent a fire, parents and caregivers need to closely inspect the home and eliminate all potential hazards.  During the winter months especially, it’s extremely important that families take the proper precautions to ensure all home heating equipment is in working order and that all household members know how to escape in case of a fire.