Fire Chief

Chief Doug KranzChief Doug Kranz started at Watertown Fire Rescue in 1988. He started as a Firefighter EMT and in 1992 he became a Paramedic becoming the 10th Paramedic in the history of WFR. Doug was promoted to Captain of A-shift in 2001. His duties as Captain included fire inspections, fire pre-planning, and 2nd in command of his shift. In 2006 Doug was promoted to Assistant Chief of A-Shift. Doug was Assistant Chief for 1 year before the department restructured the organizational chart. At that point Doug became Chief of Operations and was moved to a 40 hour position. In June of 2011 Doug was appointed Watertown Fire Chief. In Doug's personal life he married the love of his life Barbie in 1988 and they have 2 children Tyler and Chelsey. Doug loves his career at Watertown Fire Rescue and enjoys the satisfaction of helping people.

History of Watertown Fire Chiefs
(click on name for picture)
A.P. Foley 1885-1888
George W. Carpenter 1888-1890
A.P. Foley 1890-1891
Lee Stover 1891-1893
William Luck 1893-1896
G.L. Buck 1896-1897
Arnold Reichert 1897-1900
Charles Brickell 1900-1901
Arnold Reichert 1901-1906
Pat Peterson 1906-1909
William T. McLaughlin 1909-1924
J.C. Mooney 1924-1932
O.B. Kinsman 1932-1956
Raymond DeVetter 1956-1963
A. Burdette Rukstad 1963-1973
Jack Hoy 1973-1978
Lloyd Strain 1978-1979 (Public Safety Director)
Dennis Eisnach 1979-1980 (Public Safety Director)
Frank Cordell 1980-1982
Al Satter 1982-1994
Larry Anderson 1994-2005
Mike Jungemann 2005-2009
Nick Swinhart 2009-2011
Doug Kranz 2011-Present