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Who we are

Our department

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Lewis Township Fire and Rescue provides fire protection and emergency medical services to Lewis Township, and a portion of Garner Township, to the south and east of the city limits of Council Bluffs in southwest Iowa.

 

We provide protection to more than 6,500 residents that live in our district, which covers approximately 35 square miles. We respond to an average of more than 600 calls every year.

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We are driven by volunteers

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Our department is a combination department, made up of volunteers supported by paid staff. In the United States, about 70% of firefighters are volunteer and appropriately 85% of departments are all or partially volunteer. Our volunteers take time away from their loved-ones and careers to help their neighbors in times of need.

Meet our team

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The members of Lewis Township Fire and Rescue are individuals of varying backgrounds and experiences who have come  together as a family to serve our community.

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Jake Hardiman

Fire Chief

Paramedic

Serving Since

2015

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Tyler Ettleman

Deputy Chief of EMS

EMT

Serving Since

2016

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Nick Ruis

Fire Lieutenant

Serving Since

2013

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Phil Robertus

Treasurer

EMT

Serving Since

2005

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Craig Gochenour

Firefighter

AEMT

Serving Since

2010

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Todd Runge

Firefighter

EMT

Serving Since

2021

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Lilly Maddox

Cadet

Serving Since

2022

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Rick Bradshaw

Assistant Chief

AEMT

Serving Since

2019

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Andy Diller

Fire Captain

EMT

Serving Since

2021

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Stephan Erlbacher

EMS Lieutenant

Vice President

EMT

Serving Since

2021

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Keenan Diercks

Member at Large

EMT

Serving Since

2020

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Mason Strong

Firefighter

Serving Since

2019

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Jonah Pomrenke

Firefighter

Serving Since

2022

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Jason Andersen

Deputy Chief of Fire

Secretary

EMT

Serving Since

2018

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Sam Higginbotham

EMS Captain

EMT

Serving Since

2021

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Toni Caputo

President

Officer Admin

Serving Since

2015

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Tommy O'Connor

Firefighter

EMT

Serving Since

2003

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Trent Hill

Firefighter

EMT

Serving Since

2021

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Daniel Ramirez

Probationary Firefighter

Serving Since

2022