The Two Rivers Fire Department is a combination fire department providing emergency and non emergency responses for related fire and emergency medical service incidents. The department also supports the Manitowoc County Hazardous Materials Team, provides paramedic intercepts and mutual aid to neighboring fire and EMS departments. The department is staffed by a total of 18 personnel; this is one shift of six and two shifts of five cross trained personnel, an eight hour per day Assistant Chief, an Administrative Assistant and the Chief. There are also 12 paid on call personnel utilized for support in fire and other emergency responses. There is one fire station serving approximately 7 square miles of city property and a population of 11,777 residents.
Fire Chief Scott Schneider was appointed to this position in July of 2010. Chief Schneider is responsible for the administration of the City of Two Rivers Fire Department covering supervisory and technical aspects in planning, implementing fire protection and suppression efforts, and providing emergency medical services. The chief directly oversees the officer staff and personnel of the fire department through shift interaction and direct contact.
Chief Schneider is a 23 year veteran of the Two Rivers Fire Department, hired in 1989. He has earned and Associate Degree in Fire Science from Lakeshore Technical College and a Bachelor Degree in Fire Administration from Lakeland College. He has taken numerous classes through the National Fire Academy and is currently involved in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He has also taken several classes in Incident Management and is a current member of the Incident Management Team of Brown County.
Chief Schneider has also served in several officer position of the Manitowoc County EMS Association and is involved in the Manitowoc County Firefighters Association and the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division.
The City of Two Rivers Fire Department is organized into divisions of operations with each operation headed by an officer, either an assistant chief or lieutenant.
Administrative Assistant Debbie Timm has been with the department since 1994. Originally hired as a part-time secretary, her position has evolved into the current administrative assistant position. In addition to receptionist duties, Debbie is responsible for payroll, billing, records management, invoicing, budget preparation, and administering the Hospital Equipment Loan Program.
Assistant Chief Gary Shavlik has been with the department since 1988. He was promoted to his current rank in 2001. Assistant Chief Shavlik has also been appointed to the Department Training and Administrative Support Officer in March of 2011. Gary works an average 40 hour week, overseeing all the department’s training, safety and welfare programs, hazardous materials response, and emergency planning. In addition, Gary is the chair of the City Safety Team and serves on the Manitowoc County LEPC and a member of the Incident Management Team of Brown County.
Assistant Chief Mark Juul has been with the department since 1989. Mark was promoted to Assistant Chief in August 2005. Mark currently is the officer in charge of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations. He is responsible for the department’s EMS training, inventory control of EMS consumables, and serves on the Joint Dispatch Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Steering Committee. In addition Mark coordinates the fire department’s participation in the Citizen Academy.
Lieutenant Randy Pinchard has been with the department since 1990. Randy was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2004. Randy is currently the officer in charge of Fire Code Management. He is responsible for fire safety inspections, code development, code enforcement, and maintaining the department's Firehouse database. In addition, Randy serves as the department’s web master which manages changes to the fire department’s web page.
Lieutenant Lee Stadler has been with the department since 1992. Lee was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2004. Lee currently is the officer in charge of Support Services. In that capacity Lee is responsible for department purchasing, equipment and vehicle maintenance, and building and grounds maintenance. In addition, Lee coordinates the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, the Youth Fire Setter Program, and Arson Investigation Team.
Lieutenant Gary Brandl has been with the department since 1994. Gary was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2005. Gary currently serves as the officer in charge of Community Education. He is responsible for development and presentation of public education programs, and coordinates the department’s participation in special events. In addition, Gary coordinates the department’s CPR Programs and serves as the faculty coordinator for the American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center here at TRFD.
The City of Two Rivers Fire Department provides fire extinguisher training
to the general public. Fire fighters provide numerous classes to
various groups throughout the City. Groups include industries, businesses,
school faculties and the general public. There is no charge for the
program, but there is a cost for the use of fire department fire extinguishers.
Participants are educated on the different types of extinguishers and
the different classes of fire that they may encounter. We stress
the safety aspects of using the right type of extinguisher for the right
fire. We stress that one extinguisher is not compatible for every
type of fire.
Students participating in the class utilize a hands on approach and
demonstrate the ability to use a pressurized water extinguisher.
The students put out a fire with the PASS technique. Pass is
the acronym for Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the lever and
Sweep at the base of the fire. These classes are conducted using fire (Propane in a tin pan) in a controlled setting and then extinguishing the fire with
a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher.
Any Questions concerning the classes please contact the Two Rivers Fire
Department at(920) 793-5521
The City of Two Rivers Fire Department Fire Code Enforcement program is a vital element in providing services to the local commercial, industrial, and educational community of Two Rivers. It is our goal that a well planned and organized fire inspection program can address the issues of human life, safety and property conservation.
Fire departments in the State of Wisconsin are mandated by State Statute 101.14(2)(b) to provide for the inspection of every public building and place of employment to determine and cause, to eliminate any fire hazard or any violation of the law relating to the prevention of fires.
The statutes also require that the inspections be conducted at least once per calender year and that written reports of inspection be made and kept on file.
Fulfilling these statutory requirements enables the City of Two Rivers to receive a portion of all insurance premiums collected for the city. The money is collected by the Insurance Service Office of Wisconsin and distributed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The amount received in 2012 was $21,909.88.
WISCONSIN ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is the governing body that administrates and enforces the Wisconsin Administrative Code as its Fire Code. In addition, the State of Wisconsin adopted National Fire Protection Association’s, NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code in March 2008 as its fire prevention code for the use, operation, and maintenance of existing buildings. The most current edition, NFPA 1 2009, was adopted in December of 2010. The purpose of the codes are to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and employees by establishing minimum standards for the design, construction, structural strength, quality of materials, adequate egress facilities, sanitary facilities, natural lighting, heating and ventilating, energy conservation, and fire safety for all public buildings and places of employment.
The fire chief of the fire department in every city, village or town, except cities of the first class, is a duly authorized deputy of Department of Commerce. The Chief of the fire department serves as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and shall hold the office of Fire Inspector with the power to appoint deputy fire inspectors, who shall perform the same duties and shall have the same powers as the Fire Inspector
LOCAL FIRE PREVENTION CODE
The City of Two Rivers has adopted the most current Wisconsin Administrative Department of Safety and Professional Services Chapters pertaining to fire prevention and its referenced NFPA codes and standards as its Fire Prevention Code. In addition, the city has adopted several local ordinances including; citation authority for failing to comply with, or hindering the duties of a fire inspector, regulations pertaining to bonfires and recreation fires, bulk storage of flammables, prohibited discharges, portable commercial cooking devices, fire suppression systems, private fire service mains, fire alarm and detection systems, and a rapid entry system.
In today's society, the role of a fire inspector/code enforcer is no longer viewed as an isolated function, but is becoming more active and involved every day. For an effective inspection/code enforcement program, knowledge of the physical structures in our community is essential. Through communications and the cooperation of business owners, enforcement of the codes enhances effective community fire safety.
At times, we find it difficult to convince business owners to spend money to update their buildings to code. We explain to them that the benefits are numerous; such as, the reduction of hazards, the improvement of fire safe structures, minimization of the chances of fire death and injuries, the reduction of hazards for fire fighters, property loss and fire insurance costs. It increases community awareness and makes code enforcement easier, thus improving the image of the City.
Fire inspections provide us an opportunity to promote (with owners and employees) good will and understanding about our job and its responsibility toward fire prevention. Inspections also give the fire fighters an occasion to become familiar with the occupancy floor plan.
Officers and fire fighters conduct routine fire inspections. Each of the three shifts is responsible for completing approximately a third of the inspections. The shifts have an assigned lead inspector that operates under the guidance of the Lieutenant in charge of Fire Code Management. These three individuals are responsible for the associated administrative duties such as answering code questions, authoring compliance letters, assigning inspection duties, and maintenance of records.
In 2012, fire department personnel conducted 437 fire safety inspections during 224 hours in the field. In addition, personnel spent 104 hours documenting those inspections and entering the information into the database. In all, 347 hours were spent conducting all types of inspections, including property owner consultations, monitoring fire drills, and Knox box installations. As a result of these inspections, 140 written requests for compliance were issued. It should also be noted that 164 previously written requests for compliance were documented as corrected.
Mondays & Wednesdays
5:45 – 6:30 PM
* No class May 27, September 2,
December 25, December 30, 2013
The City of Two Rivers Fire Department offers American Heart Association First Aid classes. The purpose of the First Aid class is to teach rescuers the knowledge and skills they need to recognize emergencies, and how to give first aid until the rescue squad arrives. This course meets OSHA’s first aid requirements. For more information you can call 793-5521.
Responsible for reporting of all City's fixed assets
Registration deadline is August 23,
*Volunteer coaches are always needed for
this program to run and be successful.
September 11 – October 16, 2013
Monday and Wednesday evenings
Grades 2nd, 3rd & 4th
(2013 - 2014 school year)
a flag football
your child to keep.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
6:30 PM - Fireplace Lobby
J.E. Hamilton Community House
The city forester is Jim Powalisz, who is also the cemetery foreman. For information, call 793-5599.
October 31 – December 12, 2013
(No class November 28, 2013) Thursday
5:00 – 5:45 PM
Age 16 +
$60.00 Resident / Member
September 19 – October 24, 2013
5:00 – 5:45 PM
Age 16 +
$60.00 Resident/ Member