Officers / Members

Officer-Pictures.jpgMarthasville Fire Department Officers

 Officers for 2014-2016 include, Front row, from left, Marvin Leesman, 2145 Captain; Dan Grafrath, 1st Assistant Chief; Jeff Backhaus, Chief; Jamie Faust, 2nd Assistant Chief and Training Officer; Toni Guenther, Treasurer; and Bob Korte, President. Back row, from left, Willy Irwin, 1st Lieutenant, 2145; Tim Maune, First Lieutenant, Station 3; Steve Schwoeppe, Captain, Station 3; Mike Niemeyer, 2nd Lieutenant, Station 2; Jack Lovelace, 1st Lieutenant, Station 2; Chatty Hellebusch, Captain, Station 2; Justin Backhaus, 1st Lieutenant, 2113; Jon Struckhoff, 2nd Lieutenant, 2113; and Justen Meyer, Captain, 2113. Not Pictured: Buddy Gildehaus, Secretary; Weston Brewe, 2nd Lieutenant, Station 3.


Chief Officers:



chief-jeff backhaus

Chief, Jeff Backhaus

As Chief, I am responsible for the overall direction of the department. I take care of some of the day to day business issues of the department and am the Incident Commander at emergency scenes. During my time as chief I have witnessed much growth and improvement in the department. The amount and level of training that our members are receiving has greatly increased and so has the quality of the fire apparatus. With the purchase two new Pierce pumpers in 2008 we now have the most modern and reliable fleet in the county. I look forward to future years of dedicated service to the residents in our community.



             1st. Asst. Chief, Dan Grafrath

As assistant chief, my responsibilities include fire prevention, taking care of equipment and supplies, and incident command at emergency scenes. For fire prevention, I coordinate the Fire Prevention Week held every October. During this time the department inspects the schools and day care centers in our district checking for fire hazards, properly working fire alarms, and that every student and teacher knows what to do in case of a fire. In addition to these inspections, we also hold a
demonstration and safety seminar for the 5th graders at Station 3 in Dutzow. Here the students learn how safely and properly use a fire extinguisher, watch firefighters use rescue tools to cut up a car, chase a fire hose, and get a tour of the fire trucks and ambulance.


officer-jamie faust2nd Asst. Chief, Jamie Faust

As training officer, my job is to make sure that department members are receiving the proper training that they need to safely and efficiently handle emergency situations. Because the fire department is called upon to handle such a wide variety of emergencies, it is an essential that our firefighters participate in an equally varied training program. Some broad subject topics that we train in are hazardous materials, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, wild land fires, and structure fires. The environment that firefighters work in is continuously changing. Houses are constructed in different ways and with different building materials affecting the way we can fight house fires. Cars are being designed differently, being built with stronger metal and some even being powered by electricity or hybrid technology. These constant changes affect where firefighters can cut on a car when a person is trapped inside. Because of all of this change, I must make sure that the firefighters receive up to date training to handle new types of emergencies and also make sure that they are well trained to be proficient in       handling the typical day to day emergency calls in the Marthasville area.


Section/Station Officers:



From left Jon Struckhoff, 2nd Lieutenant; Justen Meyer, Captain; Justin Backhaus, 1st Lieutenant.

These 3 Officers are in charge of Engine 2113, Tanker 2116 and reserve Engine 2153.


From Left, Bob Korte, President; Willy Irwin, 1st Lieutenant; Marvin Leesman, Captain.

These Officers are in charge of Heavy Rescue 2145, Brush Truck 2118, and RTV 2148.



From Left: Chatty Hellebusch, Captain; Jack Lovelace, 1st Lieutenant; Mike Niemeyer, 2nd Lieutenant.

These Officers are in charge of Pumper 2123, Tanker 2126, and Brush Truck 2128



From Left: Steve Schwoeppe, Captain; Tim Maune, 1st Lieutenant. Not Pictured: Weston Brewe, 2nd Lieutenant.

These Officers are in charge of Engine 2133 and Brush Truck 2138.



Serving Since

Jeff Backhaus 1983
Justin Backhaus 2006
Weston Brewe 2004
Jim Buescher 1972
David Behle 2012
Andrew Dickinson 2011
Ken Eddons 2006
Jamie Faust 2003
Mike Fleer 2011
Willie Irwin 2009
Bob Gildehaus 1996
Chatty Hellebusch 1976
Nick Hellebusch 2011
Brian Kopp 2004
Donnie Koppmann 1996
Sean Johnson 2013
Eric Korte
Mike Korte 2012
Patrick Koch 2012
Marvin Leesmann 1992
Jack Lovelace 1976
Tim Maune 2009
Mike Niemeyer 2005
Mike Peoples 2013
Scott Powell 2006
Chris Pitucha 2011
Tyler Pruessner 2011
Marvin Schwoeppe 1996
Steve Schwoeppe 1996
Jim Struckhoff 1982
Jon Struckhoff 2005
Caiden Thies 2012

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