Meet the members of theKohler Fire Department
Message from the president . . .
Dear Village of Kohler residents,With the main part of winter upon us, I would like to talk about the safety of ice bothon Woodlake and the Sheboygan River. Win-ter activities such as ice skating, hiking, and cross country skiing may lead you to crossthe lake or river. I would like to remind every-one that weather can change rapidly in Wis-consin so please be aware of your surroundings. The ice may seem safe, butthe moving river waters and changes in tem- perature can deteriorate conditions over time. Always double-check the thickness be- fore venturing across the ice.Hypothermia and frostbite are also twoconcerns while engaging in winter activities.They can creep up quickly if you are not properly dressed for conditions. Factors thatcan make you susceptible include: prolonged exposure to a cold or wet environment, beingvery old or very young, underlying medical conditions, alcohol use, and certain medica-tions or drugs. Signs and symptoms of gen-eral hypothermia are cold skin temperature,shivering, decreasing mental status and motor function and dizziness. Frostbite canbe prevented easily by covering all exposed skin in below freezing temperatures. If yoususpect you or someone you are with is indanger of a cold weather injury, move in-doors and seek appropriate medical atten-tion.Lastly, the Fire Department would alsolike to ask residents that live near a ﬁre hy-drant to “adopt” that ﬁre hydrant. Thismeans that you help clear snow from around the hydrant after a snowfall. The Fire De- partment and Village of Kohler would greatly appreciate the help, as it will ensuresafety and save time and tax dollars. Manyof you have assisted with this in the past and it has been a tremendous help.Sincerely,Dietmar WohlgemuthKohler Fire Department President
POSITION – Captain of Ladder Company.DUTIES – The Captain will have the authorityin the event that the Chief or Deputy Chiefs arenot present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, also for the proper operation of the equipment under his com-mand, and shall maintain it in such conditionthat it will at all times function to the best pos-sible advantage.YEARS OF SERVICE – 22. He started as aFirefighter, then held the position of Lieutenantwith the Ladder Co. and is presently Captainof Ladder Co. The Ladder Truck has a 75 ft.main ladder. It also carries many other laddersfor different applications. It can transport 3Firefighters. It also has many different attack lines for fire suppression. Chuck was also Fire-fighter of the Year in 1993 and then again in1995.OCCUPATION – Works for the Village of Kohler Department of Public Works. He has been employed there for 33 years.HOBBIES – Spending time with family, cook-ing, and taking weekend road trips with hiswife.FAMILY – Wife Liz, Son TJ, Daughter Stephanie, Stepson Michael, Stepdaughter McKayla.YEARS IN KOHLER – 51 years
POSITION – Captain of Engine Company,Treasurer of Fire Dept. Business Organiza-tion.DUTIES –The Captain will have the author-ity in the event that the Chief or DeputyChiefs are not present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, alsofor the proper operation of the equipmentunder his command, and shall maintain it insuch condition that it will at all times functionto the best possible advantage. As Treasurer he receives all moneys due to the department,keeps account off all moneys received and paid out, and gives a monthly account to thedepartment.YEARS OF SERVICE – 33. He started as aFirefighter, then held the position of Lieu-tenant on Engine Co., and is presently Cap-tain of Engine Co. The Engine Company isour main attack vehicle for fire suppression;it can transport 6 Firefighters, 1100 gallonsof water, and many different sizes of attack lines. Dan was also a past president of theFire Dept. Business Organization.OCCUPATION – Retired from Kohler Co.with 43 years of service in various adminis-trative duties. He now works part time in thespring and summer helping with lawn carefor the Village of Kohler.HOBBIES – Camping, golfing, bicycling,and bowlingFAMILY – Son Andy, Daughter Jennifer,Grandchildren Austin, Noah, and Madison.YEARS IN KOHLER – 62 years
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POSITION – Captain of the Rescue Unit,First Responder for Kohler Village Emer-gency Medical Services.DUTIES – The Captain will have the author-ity in the event that the Chief or DeputyChiefs are not present. He is responsible for direction of his men at drills and alarms, alsofor the proper operation of the equipmentunder his command, and shall maintain it insuch condition that it will at all times func-tion to the best possible advantage.YEARS OF SERVICE – 19. He started as aFirefighter, and then held the position of Lieutenant for 5 years, and Captain for the past 10 years. Both positions were held withour Rescue Unit, which is made up of aCommand Center, Extrication equipment,and a hauler that can transport 14 Firefight-ers.OCCUPATION – Civil Engineer Supervisor at Kohler Co. He has been with Kohler Co.for 27 years. He has also held the position of Trustee with the Kohler Village Board for 1year.HOBBIES – Biking, surfing, exercising,downhill skiing, KPAL (Kohler Police Ath-letic League), and spending time with fam-ily.FAMILY – Wife Deb, Daughter Asha.
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