Meet the staff

Kearney fire & rescue personnel

“That Others May Live”

It’s our department motto and our commitment to the community. This is the team that has dedicated their lives to helping others when emergencies strike.

Below, you’ll find the current list of Kearney Fire and Rescue personnel who serve the protection district.

When Duty Calls, They Answer

Full-time Kearney Fire Department and Rescue personnel are divided into three shifts (A, B, and C Shift). The shifts work on what is commonly known as a 24/48 schedule, which means that each shift works 24 hours and then is off 48 hours. The shifts start at 7:00 a.m.

Command staff

Jeff Fort

Asst. Chief / Fire Marshal

Serving Since: 1993

Sean Gudde 

Asst. Chief (A-Shift)

Serving Since: 1983

Nate Bultmann 

Asst. Chief (B-Shift)

Serving Since: 1988

David Pratt 

Asst. Chief (C-Shift)

Serving Since: 1993

Don Washam

Assistant Chief Volunteer

Serving Since: 1979

A-Shift

Bobby Higgins

Captain

Serving Since: 2007

Marqus Smith

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2007

Brett Booth

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2008

Allen Todd

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2010

Mike Luedtke

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2022

Bryan Whitaker

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2023

Nicole Sexton

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2023

B-Shift

Rod Barnhart 

Captain

Serving Since: 1998

Andy Martens 

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2002

Kyle Arnold 

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2008

Hunter Rische 

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2012

Dustin Eichler

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2016

Andrew Sperry 

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2019

c-Shift

Randy Jensen 

Captain

Serving Since: 1998

Matt Listhartke

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2016

Dylan Misel 

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2021

Mitch Bolin

Firefighter/EMT-P

Serving Since: 2021

Chris Whitlow

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2022

Taylor Gieselman

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since: 2019

VOLUNTEERS

Kolby Mlika

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since 2022

Scott Nelson

Volunteer Firefighter

Serving Since 2024

Matthew Rickel

Firefighter/EMT

Serving Since 2024

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