Kurt Vogel has served as the Sterling Fire Department’s Fire Chief since 2009. He provides leadership to 22 paid personnel, 15 volunteer personnel and a $2.1 million budget. Chief Vogel supervises fire prevention, emergency medical delivery system, fleet maintenance, fire operations, and public education/fire investigation.
Prior to moving here, Chief Vogel spent nearly twenty-five years moving up the ranks within the Wichita (Kansas) Fire Department. He is a very proud second generation firefighter – His father spent thirty years with the Wichita Fire Department.
His educational background includes a certificate in Fire Science, Associate Degree in Fire Science, Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Business Administration. In 2010, Chief Vogel was accepted to the National Fire Academy’s “Executive Fire Officer” program and in 2012, he received a Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1984.
He is a member of the International Association Arson Investigators, National Fire Protection Association, Fire Safety Educators of Colorado, National EMS Management Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of EMS Chiefs, the Missouri Valley Division of Fire Chiefs, and the Colorado Association of Fire Chiefs.
He is married to Hope and has five children: Ashley, Kurtis, Caleb, Madisen and Eleanor.