Officers

Firefighters are rescuers who are extensively trained to:

  • put out hazardous fires that threaten civilian populations and property
  • rescue people from car accidents, collapsed and burning buildings, threatening water situations
  • provide emergency medical services

The increasing complexity of modern life with an increase in the scale of hazards has stimulated both advances in firefighting technology and a broadening of the firefighter-rescuer's scope. The role of officers in the fire department has become more challenging and critically important as times change.

The officers of the Cedarburg Fire Department are below.
Learn more about their certifications.

In addition to the listed accomplishments, all Cedarburg Fire Department Chiefs are certified in firefighting and driver/operator operations.

Chief Officers

  • Chief Jeffery Vahsholtz
    Chief
    Jeffrey Vahsholtz
    Chief Vahsholtz joined the department in May of 1978. Coming up through the ranks, he has held the positions of Engineer, Rescue Lt., Rescue Capt., Engine Company Capt., Deputy Chief in charge of training, and Assistant Chief. Jeff was a member of the Dive Rescue Team, has served on most committees in the department, and continues to maintain his EMT-IV technician license.
  • Assistant Chief William Hintz
    Assistant Chief
    William Hintz
    Assistant Chief Hintz joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in April of 1985. During his 20+ years in CFD, Bill has been active in almost every division of the fire service. He has held ranks of Ladder Company Lieutenant, Assistant Chief Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Deputy Chief. He is responsible for the maintenance of all department vehicles and training of the operators. He has attended various training classes and seminars such as leadership, Hazardous Materials Operations and fire ground tactics. In April of 2006, the department awarded Bill with the Meritorious Service Award as recognition and a show of appreciation for his dedication to the citizens of Cedarburg. He assists with fund raising efforts at Firemen's Park for Maxwell Street Days as well as storage. A life-long resident of Cedarburg, Bill is married to Terri and they are proud parents of Joe, who is also a member of the Cedarburg Fire Department as well. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • NFA courses
    • Badger Delegate
  • Deputy Chief Kim Gordon
    Deputy Chief
    Kim Gordon
    Deputy Chief Gordon joined the department in September 1999. She attended and complete National Fire Academy classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She attended the Center for Domestic Preparedness and completed a 24 hour class on Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Command Course (COBRA). Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • EMT - IV
    • CPR Instructor
    • Fire Officer I
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
  • Deputy Chief Scott Matusewic
    Deputy Chief
    Scott Matusewic
    Deputy Chief Matusewic joined the department August 1992. He became an EMT in 1993. He was promoted to Lieutenant of Engine/Ladder Company in 1996 and served in that position for 11 years. He was promoted to Engine/Ladder Company captain in 2007. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
    • Confined space rescue
    • Advanced open water diving w/ Ice and Dive Rescue specialty

Engineers

  • Lieutenant Craig Boerner
    Lieutenant
    Chief Engineer
    Craig Boerner
    Lieutenant Boerner joined the department in August of 2002. Prior to joining, he served 3 years with the department's Explorer post. He was appointed Lieutenant of Engineers (Assistant Chief Engineer) in January of 2009. Current responsibilities include: overseeing the training and operations of the departments Engineers. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
    • Open Water Diver
  • Lieutenant Joseph Hintz
    Lieutenant
    Assistant Chief Engineer
    Joseph Hintz
    Lieutenant Hintz joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in July of 2008 and became Extrication Leader in November of 2011. Joseph Hintz is the proud son of Deputy Chief Hintz. Extrication Leader Hintz is dedicated to the advancement of the extrication team by trying new equipment and techniques. He has attended various extrication classes around the state. Joseph Hintz is also an Engineer for the department and enjoys taking the engines out pumping. Joseph's additional accomplishments include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial

Engine & Ladder Company

  • Captain Whitney Dobson
    Captain
    Whitney Dobson
    Captain Dobson joined the department in May of 2002 and has served as an Engine Company Lieutenant since 2009. Prior to being promoted to Engine Company, Lieutenant Dobson served on the Rescue Company as a Lieutenant from 2007-2009. Whitney's duties include helping out with department trainings and supervising during fire ground operations. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Fire Officer I
    • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Captain Andrew Heidtke
    Captain
    Andrew Heidtke
    Captain Heidtke has been an active member of the Cedarburg Fire Department since July of 2006 and was promoted to Lieutenant of Engine Company in July of 2011. Prior to joining the department, Andy was active in the departments Explorer post and achieved the rank of Captain. Lieutenant Heidtke also has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a Wisconsin licensed Engineer In Training. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
    • Fire Officer I
  • Lieutenant Joseph Grube
    Lieutenant
    Joseph Grube
    Lieutenant Grube Joe has been an active member of the Cedarburg Fire Department since May 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant of Engine Company in December 2015. Joe brings with him many years of experience to pass on to our new members. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Open Water Diver
    • Ice Rescue

Rescue Company

  • Lieutenant Theresa Grube
    Lieutenant
    Theresa Grube
    Lieutenant Grube has been an active member since November of 1998. In 2013, she was promoted to Rescue Company Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant she oversees training and helps with a variety of different tasks.
    • Firefighter I
    • EMT - IV
  • Lieutenant Nichole Zarling
    Lieutenant
    Nichole Zarling
    Lieutenant Zarling joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in September of 2005 as an EMT – Basic and became an EMT – I in 2010. Nichole has been in charge of Membership Committee since 2013, leading many different membership activities and helping to bring new recruit numbers up drastically. As a Rescue Company Lieutenant, Nichole's responsibilities include leading Rescue Company training, Rescue Company scheduling and various other tasks. Nichole's additional accomplishments include:
    • EMT - I
  • Captain Whitney Dobson
    Dive Team Leader
    Captain Whitney Dobson
    Captain Dobson joined the department in May of 2002 and has served as an Engine Company Lieutenant since 2009. Prior to being promoted to Engine Company, Lieutenant Dobson served on the Rescue Company as a Lieutenant from 2007-2009. Whitney's duties include helping out with department trainings and supervising during fire ground operations. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Fire Officer I
    • Advanced Open Water Diver
     
  • Lieutenant Joseph Hintz
    Extrication Leader
    Joseph Hintz
    Extrication Leader Hintz joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in July of 2008 and became Extrication Leader in November of 2011. Joseph Hintz is the proud son of Deputy Chief Hintz. Extrication Leader Hintz is dedicated to the advancement of the extrication team by trying new equipment and techniques. He has attended various extrication classes around the state. Joseph Hintz is also an Engineer for the department and enjoys taking the engines out pumping. Joseph's additional accomplishments include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
  • Captain Andrew Heidtke
    Training Officer
    Captain Andrew Heidtke
    Captain Heidtke has been an active member of the Cedarburg Fire Department since July of 2006 and was promoted to Lieutenant of Engine Company in July of 2011. Prior to joining the department, Andy was active in the departments Explorer post and achieved the rank of Captain. Lieutenant Heidtke also has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a Wisconsin licensed Engineer In Training. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
    • Fire Officer I

Administrative Officers

  • Lieutenant Joseph Hintz
    Park Board President
    Joseph Hintz
    President Hintz joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in July of 2008 and became Extrication Leader in November of 2011. Joseph Hintz is the proud son of Deputy Chief Hintz. President Hintz is dedicated to the advancement of the extrication team by trying new equipment and techniques. He has attended various extrication classes around the state. Joseph Hintz is also an Engineer for the department and enjoys taking the engines out pumping. Joseph's additional accomplishments include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
  • Kara Racine
    Secretary
    Kara Racine
    On September 3rd, 1993 Kara Racine joined the Cedarburg Fire Department becoming a 2nd generation firefighter following her father into the fire service. She became a firefighter in 1996 upon completion of the state certification in firefighter 1. In 1997, she became the 1st woman to earn the title of Engineer (motor pump operator) with CFD. That same year she became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT) and followed that with Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Technician (EMT-I) in 2000. She was elected to the position of Secretary in May of 1998 and still continues as an active firefighter, EMT and engineer with the department along with being the chairperson of our membership committee. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Driver Operator - Aerial
    • Fire Inspector
    • EMT-I
     
  • Dan Den Boer
    Treasurer
    Dan Den Boer
    Dan Den Boer joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in June of 2009, as Treasurer. Dan is responsible for managing the department's funds, budgets, and investments in compliance with policies established by the department and the City of Cedarburg. He reports regularly to the Executive Board and the membership on the status of the department's finances. He also serves on the department's finance/investment committee.
  • Dustin Halyburton
    Public Education
    Dustin Halyburton
    Dustin Halyburton joined the Cedarburg Fire Department in July of 2014, as a firefighter. Additional accomplishments and involvement include:
    • Firefighter I & II
    • Driver Operator - Pumper
    • Open Water Diver
  • Bill Koeppen
    Fire Inspector
    Bill Koeppen
    Fire Inspector Koeppen has been a member of the Cedarburg Fire Department since September 1965.

    Coming up through the ranks, Bill has held various positions in the department. He was Ladder Company Captain, Chief Engineer, Deputy Chief and he served as Assistant Chief from May 1986 to May 1994. In 1994, Bill retired his active duties.

    After retiring, Bill decided to stay in fire services in some capacity. He continued his fire service education and training as a fire inspector. Bill attends many seminars, code classes, and conferences to continuously update his knowledge of fire inspection regulations. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Fire Inspector’s Association.