Congratulations 2017 Chief of the Year Recipients!

Green Bay, WI – The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs' Association (WSFCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Wisconsin Fire Chief of the Year Awards:

  • 2017 Career Chief of the Year Award – Kevin Bierce from Pewaukee Fire Department
  • 2017 Volunteer Chief of the Year Award – Bruce DePeau from Casco Fire Department 

The award winners were announced at the WSFCA 89th annual conference in Green Bay, WI on Saturday, June 24th.

A selection committee comprised of career, volunteer, and retired fire chiefs evaluated applications and scores were given in the areas of:

  1. Leadership
  2. Innovation
  3. Professional Development
  4. Integrity
  5. Service to the Public
  6. Contributions to the Fire Service as a Whole

2017_Bierce_Kevin_COTY.jpgCareer Fire Chief
Kevin Bierce from Pewaukee Fire Department

Career Chief of the Year, Kevin Bierce, is described as follows by Assistant Fire Chief Mark Hoppe of Pewaukee Fire Department:

"Chief Bierce has set the bar high in regards to involvement with groups and associations that work at large to improve Wisconsin emergency services. Chief Bierce has served on the State Chiefs Board as a Trustee and President, he is currently President of the Waukesha County Chiefs Association, and the MABAS board President, appointed by the Governor and currently serving on the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council and the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Council. Chief Bierce also finds the time to play an active role on the Waukesha County Technical College Advisory Committee and the not for profit community group, Positively Pewaukee which promotes tourism. Chief Bierce is a responsible, motivated, and professional Fire Chief and a fire service leader in the State of Wisconsin. He is well known and respected by his peers, members of the City and Village of Pewaukee, and our neighboring agencies."

Volunteer Fire Chief2017_DePeau_Bruce_COTY.jpgBruce DePeau from Casco Fire Department

Volunteer Chief of the Year, Bruce DePeau, is described as follows by Assistant Fire Chief Duane Opicka of Casco Fire Department:

"Bruce is the backbone of the Casco Fire Department and takes great pride in making sure each individual firemen is trained and qualified. He personally holds individual training sessions on nights and weekends besides monthly training, so that every firemen is knowledgeable and trained. He accomplishes this with a department of 28 volunteers, and many asking and waiting to join, in a village of 600.

He makes sure all of the equipment is up to date and in fine working condition. What is truly amazing is that he accomplishes all of this with an annual budget under $18,000 and does not receive compensation for MABAS/mutual aid calls. His volunteers do not receive compensation for the average of 30 calls a year, and still he keeps them eagerly learning and committed. A true maverick in the volunteer profession."