Fire and Rescue

Founded in 1893, today the department has a total of twenty-two volunteer firefighters and one career personnel. There is a firefighter on duty at the station eight hours a day, with the exception of weekends. The Oelwein Fire Department is involved with much more than firefighting. We do many special assignments consisting of lockouts, storm watches, carbon monoxide, confined space rescue, automobile extrication, farm and industrial rescues, unlocking dwellings, and unusual odors. The two main fund raisers hosted every year are the Omelet breakfast and the spaghetti supper which is held on Wednesday of Fire Prevention week. The money made from the fund raisers is used to purchase fire and rescue equipment only.

Any person wishing to become a volunteer firefighter should contact:

Chief Mike Hillmanfire dept

(319) 283 8166


Chief Mike Hillman, Firefighter Nathan Westendorf

Volunteer Firefighters

Matt Baerg
Chris Brunscheon
Matt Derifield

Michael Fauser, Captain
Betty Haar
Kim Haar

Ryan Haar
Michael Hillman, Chief
Jason Hoveland
Justin Johnson
James P. Lindstrom
Timothy Meaney
Jay Melchert, Captain
Nick Palmer
Jesse L. Paul
Kyle Randall
Tasha Throndson
Jim Tuecke, AssistantChief
Mike Thoma, Captain
Matthew Weber, Deputy Chief



#771 - 2020 Pumper - 1500 gmp fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank

#772 - 2007 Pumper – 1500 gpm fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank

#774 - 1999 Water Tanker – 300 gpm fire pump, 2000 gallon water tank

#775 - 2017 Rescue – rescue equipment, emergency lighting, etc.

#776 - 2000 4WD Pickup – 600 gpm fire pump, 240 gallon tank

#777 - 1996 Special Ops – confined space, ice water rescue and high angle rescue

#779 - 1977 Aerial/Pumper – 85 foot aerial ladder, ground ladders, 1000 gpm fire pump



History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.