Mayor Chris Beutler announced the appointment of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) Battalion Chief Tim Linke (LIN-kee) as Interim Fire Chief, effective Friday, June 12. He will take over the post from Fire Chief John Huff, who is retiring after a 40-year career with LFR. Linke has been with the department since 1998.
"Linke has an impressive background and valuable experience as a firefighter, paramedic and instructor as well as great leadership qualities," Mayor Beutler said. "We are fortunate to have outstanding professionals like Linke who are dedicated to public safety and ready to step up and take on new challenges."
"I am honored to be asked by Mayor Beutler to serve as the Interim Fire Chief," Linke said. "I have immense respect for the men and women of Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and look forward to serving the department as the search for the new Fire Chief proceeds this summer. I have learned a great deal from Chief John Huff and my colleagues, and I appreciate their continued support during this time of leadership change."
Linke has degrees from Doane College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha and completed paramedic school at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. He has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lead Instructor for the New Recruit Training Academy, Captain, Fire Captain/Paramedic and EMS Shift Supervisor before being appointed Battalion Chief in 2012. He also served as a member of Nebraska Task Force One, the Urban Search and Rescue Team based at LFR.
Linke is a frequent trainer and instructor and serves as an adjunct instructor for Southeast Community College, where he is on the Advisory Committee for the Paramedic and Fire Protection Technology programs. He has been a member of the Southwest Rural Fire Protection District for the past 18 years and is currently an Assistant Chief and Paramedic. He has been recognized as Instructor of the Year by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors and received the Capitol City Footprinter's Firefighter of the Year Award and the VFW Gold Award for EMT of the Year.
Mayor Beutler said a national search will be conducted for a new Fire Chief. More information on Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.