City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Battalion Chief, Wm. 'Brad' Thavenet
Wm. Brad Thavenet joined Lincoln Fire & Rescue in 2000. After initially being stationed on Engine 10 during his probationary period, Brad was transferred to Truck 8 where he remained until being promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator in 2006. During his tenure as an apparatus operator, Brad worked at all 14 fire stations within the city of Lincoln before being promoted to the rank of captain in 2009, and permanently assigned to Engine 9 in the Bethany neighborhood as a hazardous materials unit company officer. Captain Thavenet was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2013.
Brad has a Bachelors of Science Degree from University of Nebraska-Kearney and an Associates Degree from Central Community College-Hastings. Brad is an international instructor in public safety diving and water rescue, having taught numerous military special operations members, FBI and other law enforcement agencies and fire department teams. He is editor of the Public Safety Diving textbook used internationally by Dive Rescue International, has authored various trade journal articles, advises on NPFA1006, 1953 and 1670, and is a speaker and presenter at various international conferences.
Chief Thavenet has participated in numerous committees and activities during his career, safety committee, public speakers bureau, water rescue team coordinator, professional development, and fitness committees. Brad was named Firefighter of the Year-2007 by the Fraternal order of Eagles, recipient of Lincoln Fire & Rescueís Award of Merit, Medal of Valor, Firefighter of the Month, the Mayors Award of Excellence as well as recipient of multiple Phoenix awards and Unit Citation Awards. Brad joined the Urban Search & Rescue Team, NETF1, in 2001 as a logistics technician and currently holds the position of teams Safety Officer and Plans Team Manager. He was deployed to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games in 2002 as well as numerous MoBex exercises.
As a battalion chief, Bradís areas of responsibility will include all department special operations and technical rescue disciplines. This includes hazardous materials, high and low angle rescue, confined space and water rescue. Brad will also assist with reaccreditation and other areas within the command structure.
Chief Thavenet continues to serve his community outside of the department as a member of the Knights of Columbus, St Peterís Parish, is an executive board member for the Lincoln Pius X Booster Club and has coached various youth athletic teams for the YMCA.
Brad has been married to his wife Sherry for 25 years and has two children, Zach and Alyssa.
This page last updated: 03/26/13