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Fire Chief - Craig Leu

Chief Craig Leu

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

The Fire Chief's duties are to provide leadership, management and oversight to all Fire Department functions, including fire suppression, fire investigation, fire prevention and community emergency response procedures. Directs the selection, orientation, training, performance management, wage administration and discipline of employees of the Fire Department in accordance with City policy. Assures fair and consistent treatment of all Fire Department employees. Oversees the financial aspects of the Fire Department operations, including accounting for fire department revenue and expenditures, preparing for the annual fire department budget and applying for appropriate grants and other outside funding opportunities. Oversees the capital expenditures for equipment as needed. Directs the development and implementation of strategic and long-range plans for the unit consistent with the City’s long range plans. Assures that all work performed in the Fire Department meets the City’s standards for customer service, accuracy, quality and efficiency.

EDUCATION

Chaparral High School, Harper, Kansas, 1985
Associates Degree - Butler Community College, 2000
Bachelor of General Studies - Fort Hays State University, 2003
National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer 2009
Fire Officer (FO) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), 2010
Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership - Grand Canyon University, 2011   
   

ASSOCIATIONS

International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC
Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs
Fire Department Safety Officers Association
International Association of Arson Investigators
National Fire Protection Association
National Fire Academy Alumni Association

 

 

Fire Marshal - Mike Whitsell

  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Fire Marshal Mike WhitsellReview building plans for all new and remodeled commercial construction as well as perform an on-site final inspection to assure compliance with the Fire Code; serve on the Housing Review Committee; responsible for all fire investigations and supervise fire investigators; promotes fire safety throughout the City; supervises the career firefighters assigned to inspect all commercial businesses, schools, day care centers, nursing homes, group homes, massage licenses, and liquor licenses; tests all new fire sprinkler systems; fire alarm systems and fire extinguisher hood systems; and monitors fuel tank removals and installations.

EDUCATION

Dowling High School 1989
Fire Specialist Certificate DMACC 2002
National Fire Academy 2-Week Residence Courses (Emmitsburg MD) 2003, 2005, 2006
Certified Firefighter I and II Inspector I, Driver Operator I and EMT-B

ASSOCIATIONS

Iowa Firefighters Association
West Des Moines Firefighters Association
Iowa Fire Marshal's Association
Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
Metro Area Fire Investigators Task Force
Board Member for Hawkeye State Fire Safety Association

 

Deputy Chief of Operations - Jack Benge

 

Deputy Chief of Operations Jack Benge

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, directs all areas of daily fire fighting operations through Fire Lieutenants, such as, responding to alarms, scheduling and assigning work to fire department personnel, consistently enforcing policies and procedures, and ensuring inter-agency cooperation during emergency incidents. Creates and promotes a team oriented work environment and motivates department personnel. 

EDUCATION

  • Certified as Firefighter I in 1978
  • Certified Firefighter II in 1990
  • Certified Fire Officer I in 2002
  • Certified Fire Instructor I in 2003
  • Des Moines Area Community College; Certification as Fire Specialist 2003
  • National Fire Academy; Emmitsburg, Maryland Command and Control Classes

ASSOCIATIONS   

  •  Iowa Firemen’s Association
  • West Des Moines Firefighter’s Association
  • Pyrotechnics Guild International   

 

Deputy Chief of Operations - Greg Jones

 

Deputy Chief of Operations Gred Jones

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, directs all areas of daily fire fighting operations through Fire Lieutenants, such as, responding to alarms, scheduling and assigning work to fire department personnel, consistently enforcing policies and procedures, and ensuring inter-agency cooperation during emergency incidents. Creates and promotes a team oriented work environment and motivates department personnel.

EDUCATION

  • Valley High School, 1988
  • Des Moines Area Community College; Fire Specialist Certificate 1992
  • Des Moines Area Community College; Associate of Science - Fire Science and Technology 2001
  • Iowa Paramedic Specialist - 1998  

ASSOCIATIONS

  • State of Iowa - Type 3 Incident Management Team (Safety Officer)
  • Metro-Area Fire Investigator Task Force

 

 

Deputy Chief of Operations - Matt Sonnenburg

Chief Matt Sonnenburg

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, directs all areas of daily fire fighting operations through Fire Lieutenants, such as, responding to alarms, scheduling and assigning work to fire department personnel, consistently enforcing policies and procedures, and ensuring inter-agency cooperation during emergency incidents. Creates and promotes a team oriented work environment and motivates department personnel.

EDUCATION

  • Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1989
  • National Paramedic Registry – 1999
  • Iowa Paramedic Specialist – 1999
  • Des Moines Area Community College; Certification as Fire Specialist 2005
  • National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer 2010
  • State of Iowa - Type 3 Incident Management Team (Liaison Officer & Safety Officer)
  • Center For Public Safety Excellence Agency Accreditation Peer Assessor
  • Des Moines Area Community College Associate of Science 2010
  • City Excellence in Service Award 2009

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Iowa Firemen’s Association
  • State of Iowa - Type 3 Incident Management Team (Liaison Officer)
  • Commission on Fire Accreditation International Peer Assessor

 

 

Deputy Chief of Training - Jerry Eslick

 

Deputy Chief of Training Jerry Eslick

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, directs the Training Bureau, identifies Fire department training needs related to fire and rescue, safety, and the Fire department’s standard operating procedures (S.O.P.’s); develops training programs; and provides training to all department personnel, including full time Firefighters, On-call Volunteer Firefighters, and Fire Officers. Exercises supervisory control over full time Firefighters, On-call Volunteer Firefighters, and Fire Officers during all training sessions and emergency scene operations, as assigned. Assists the Fire Prevention Bureau with the development and delivery of public education programs.

 

 

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