Chiefs of the Effingham Fire Department

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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

                    Frank Wilkins
                      

                                                                              Chief Chas. Chamberlain
                                                                                        
1957 – 1973     

                                                                                                                             Charlie Chamberlain
                                                         

                             Chief Logan Van Dyke
                                         1973 – 1978
                 Logan Van Dyke2
                                                                                                    Chief Maurice A. Braun
                                                                                                                1978 – 1988

                                                                                                                          Maurie Braun.2jpg

                                       Chief Nicholas H. Althoff

                      1988 – 2004

 Nick Althoff2

                                                                                                                    Chief Joseph C. Holomy
                                                                                                                               2004 – Present

                                                                                                                                             Joe Holomy