The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department protects the towns of Brussels, Union and Gardner in southern Door County in Wisconsin. The department consists of 50 volunteer firefighters protecting 92 square miles of land and 117 square miles of water from two fire stations, the south station in Brussels, the north station located in Little Sturgeon.   The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department began on May 20, 1967 and continues to serve the community in many ways. 

"Thanking and proudly serving the Towns of Brussels, Union, and Gardner. Three Towns...ONE Department. Working together."

Town meetings pass BUG Fire Department project Door County Advocate ~ April 20, 2016
Town meetings have final say on BUG expansion Door County Advocate ~ March 17, 2016
BUG firefighters to board: Focus on referendum. Door County Advocate ~ December 18, 2015
BUG fire board to consider its next move   Door County Advocate ~ November 15, 2014
County ambulance plans may not include Brussels  Door County Advocate   ~ November 11, 2014

God Made a Firefighter . . . a Brussels-Union-Gardner Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services tribute   click here

Fire Status: Burning - Allowed with permits

Visit us on Facebook for our past event photos.
Click here for Spring 2016 Referendum Information for Brussels, Union, Gardner Fire Station Projects.

Oct 10, 2014  - Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department reminds property owners of their improved Community Public Protection Classification with the Insurance Services Office (ISO)  View Press Release

Jan. 28, 2013 - Invisible Fence by Golrusk donated oxygen recovery mask kits for pets to the fire department View Press Release

Aug. 17, 2012 - Green Bay Insurance Center earns top prize from SECURA Insurance donates winnings to local fire departments. View Press Release

B.U.G. Firefighter Golden Axe Awards
2009: Cletus DeKeyser  2010: Larry Madsen 2011: Bob Massart 2012: Jason Monfils 2013:Ryan Chaudoir and Matt Phillips. 2014Brad Geisel 2015: Cale Bakke

Burning Permits – Guidelines
*Note, this is not an all inclusive list* 

  1. Burning permits are required to regulate the open burning of materials during times when increased forest and brush fire hazards exists due to dry conditions.
  2. Burning of plastic, garbage, asphalt, treated or painted wood, rubber or oily substances is prohibited.
  3. Fire must be attended at all times and be totally extinguished before you leave.
  4. Don’t burn without fire fighting tools such as a shovel, rake and water hose or buckets of water at the site of the burn.
  5. You must also comply with local ordinances, which may be more restrictive than state law.
  6. Campfires are allowed for cooking and warming without a burning permit. Please note there may be times when campfires are not allowed if and when burning bans are in effect.

Fire personnel to call for obtaining a burning permit.
Open burning is not a right. It is a privilege and it can be taken away. You are responsible for damages and costs if your fire gets away.


Meetings and Training Schedule for BUG Firefighters.  Click here


BUG Firefighters Incorporated is a 501C(3) Non-Profit Organization that was started in 2008 by the Brussels-Union-Gardner Firefighters. The sole purpose of the group is to raise money, apply for grants, and/or accept equipment or other monetary donations, and in turn, donate it back to the BUG Fire Department. This organization allows for businesses and individuals to make these donations which are 100% tax deductible.
Current Officers include: 
President – Curt Vandertie
Vice President – Joel Daoust
Secretary/Treasurer – Ryan Chaudoir
To make a tax deductible donation or inquire how you may help the BUG Firefighters Incorporated group, please contact us at: 
BUG Firefighters Inc.
1358 County DK
Brussels, WI 54204


For Emergencies - CALL 9 - 1 - 1

Fire ChiefCurt Vandertie920.559.2205
Assistant Fire ChiefRyan Wery, North Station920.493.0773
Assistant Fire ChiefJim Wautier, South Station920.825.1213
Fire Inspections Contact: Ryan Wery for Town of Gardner or Jim Wautier for Town of Brussels and Union
 ** If neither are available, contact Curt Vandertie
Burning Permits (South)Burning Permits (North)
Jim Wautier920.825.1213Rob Ahlswede920.495.6465
Justin Vesser920.6391618Dan Kroll           920.493.8558
Curt Vandertie  920.559.2205Dave Kaye920.256.9390
Mark DeKeyser920.495.3473Dan Willming920.493.5511
Joel Daoust920.493.6509Ryan Wery920.493.0773
Phil Simon          920.639.0097  



Are you interested in becoming a BUG Firefighter, complete this application and send it to the address on the form.


Please support us by purchasing our apparel.

Hat and T-shirt are $15.00 each

Payable to BUG Firefighters Inc. Call Ryan Chaudoir. 920-493-8583.

Thanks for your support.