Fire and Rescue

Founded in 1893, today the department has a total of twenty-seven volunteer firefighters and two 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 Fathers Day Omelet breakfast hosted on Fathers Day, and the spaghetti supper 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
Matt Derifield

Joshua Erickson
Michael Fauser, Captain
Betty Haar
Kim Haar

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



1992 Pumper – 1250 gpm fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank

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

1955 Pumper – Reserve Status

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

2017 Rescue – rescue equipment, emergency lighting, etc.

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

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

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.