Chiefs of the Effingham Fire Department

The fire department has a deep tradition of providing emergency services to the City, each Chief having played an important role in what the Effingham Fire Department is today. If Chief Brown (1867-1870) were to walk into Station #1 today and happen to overhear today's Fire Chief discussing ADA, affirmative action, discrimination, harassment, lightweight construction, hazardous materials, technical rescue, OSHA, NFPA, terrorism, etc., he might be tempted to ask, "Do they still take the nozzle and get to the seat of the fire?" The answer is "yes, we still focus on getting the wet stuff on the red stuff" but it has become much more technical and difficult then in the past. The following is a list of the Chiefs who have led the Effingham Fire Department since 1867.

Chief Thomas A. Brown
1867 - 1870

Chief W.W. Brown
1870 - 1872

Chief Joseph Kreke
1872 - 1873

Chief W. Harry Moore
1873 - 1874

Chief William Curson
1874 - 1875

Chief Samuel Campel
1875 – 1876

Chief Mike Russell
1876 – 1881

Chief Jacob Sneider
1881 – 1885

Chief Frank Kreke
1885 – 1886

Chief R.C. Harrah
1886 – 1910

Chief R.A. Parks
1910 – 1911

Chief John W. Gravenhorst
1911 – 1915

Chief Barney Utz
1915 – 1916

Chief Karl F. Alt
1916 – 1918

Chief Fred Casselman
1918 – 1925

Chief H. Bergfeld
1925 – 1927

Chief Henry Hoffman
1927 – 1934

Chief Frank Wilkins
1934 – 1957

Chief Chas. Chamberlain
1957 – 1973

Chief Logan Van Dyke
1973 – 1978

Chief Maurice A. Braun
1978 – 1988

Chief Nicholas H. Althoff
1988 – 2004

Chief Joseph C. Holomy
2004 –