Kurt Vogel has served as the Sterling Fire Department’s Fire Chief since 2009. He provides leadership to 21 career, 10 part-time, 15 volunteer personnel and a $2.3 million budget. Chief Vogel supervises fire prevention, emergency medical delivery system, fleet maintenance, fire operations, dive team, rescue 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 Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, 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, in 2012 he received a Chief Fire Officer Designation and in 2013 Chief Emergency Medical Officer Designation both 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, the Colorado Association of Fire Chiefs, International City/County Management Association, and the Colorado City and County Management Association.
He is married to Hope and has five children: Ashley, Kurtis, Caleb, Madisen and Eleanor and three grandchildren: Bella, Naomi and Conner.
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