Kouts Fire Chief 701
Chief Gettler Joined Kouts Fire in 2011 with previous service on Crown Point Fire Department from 2006 to 2011. He attended the Fire Academy in 2006 and served as a fire fighter with Crown Point until he joined Kouts Fire in 2011.
Chief is an electrician/technician for Duane’s Electric, Emergency Generator sales and service.
When asked if anyone in his family was a firefighter Chief answered:
“I am a 4th generation firefighter. My great grandfather was a founding father of the Dyer Fire Dept. Around 1930 (ish). My grand father was a firefighter for Crown Point for quite a few years. And my dad was a firefighter in Crown Point for 23 years where he held numerous ranks including firefighter, engineer, fire inspector, fire investigator, lieutenant, Captain and Fire Chief. “
What do you like most about serving on Kouts Fire?
“I mostly enjoy the camaraderie, we have a special bond between firefighters that Is like no other. If it’s having Sunday breakfast together, dinner before a meeting or training, all hands washing our rigs as they return from a call, working together at a working fire, car crash or simply helping a buddy out with a project after we leave the station. We all work so well together day in and day out. We are simply a family.”
What does Kouts Fire mean to you, your family, your community?
“Kouts fire means a number of things. First and foremost, it is the trust our community has in us. The people in our community call us on their worst day and expect us to make it better. We are all held to the highest standards at Kouts Fire. We have pride, honor and integrity. These are core values instilled in us that make us the best we can be. What does it mean to our family? Well sometimes it’s not the easiest for our family’s as we respond 24/7, there have been many meals, holidays and family functions missed because were out in the community helping people. Our families are understanding and supportive of all we do, even thou it can be frustrating at times. One of the most important things about being a volunteer firefighter is finding balance. Just like anything, you have to organize your time efficiently. “
When not working your full time job. How do you like to spend your time?
“When I’m not at work or the fire house I like to spend quality time with my wonderful little family. My wife and I have a 1.5 year old little boy that always keeps us busy and smiling. Besides that I enjoy the outdoors and making perfect lines in my yard. Lol”
Why did you join Kouts Fire?
“When I was in my early 20’s I reunited with one of my best friends that had moved to Kouts during middle school. Ironically we grew up together in the fire house because his dad and mine were firefighters in Crown Point together. He and his dad were both firefighters on Kouts by this point. We often went to the fire station in kouts to hang out and I knew when I was ready to move out of my parents house I wanted to move to Kouts and be apart of the great Dept. So in 2011 resigned my position from the Crown Point Fire Rescue, I found the perfect starter house in town and became a member of the Kouts Fire Department.”
- BASIC FIREFIGHTER
- CONFINED SPACE RESCUE AWARENESS
- Fire Marshal Leadership Seminar – 2015
- FIRE OFFICER STRATEGY AND TACTICS
- FIREFIGHTER I
- FIREFIGHTER II
- HAZMAT 1ST RESPONDER AWARENESS
- HAZMAT 1ST RESPONDER OPERATION
- MANDATORY FIREFIGHTER
- NIMS FIRST RESPONDER AWARENESS
- NIMS FIRST RESPONDER OPERATIONS
- ROPE RESCUE AWARENESS
- STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE RESCUE AWARENESS
- SWIFT WATER RESCUE AWARENESS
- TRENCH RESCUE AWARENESS
- VEHICLE AND MACHINERY RESCUE AWARENESS
- WILDERNESS RESCUE AWARENESS