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Battalion Chief, Timothy Linke

Battalion Chief, Tim Linke Tim Linke began his career with Lincoln Fire & Rescue in January of 1998, serving his probationary period at Station 5 A-shift. Shortly after completing probation, he enrolled in and completed paramedic school at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. Tim's first assignment after passing his paramedic internship was as a firefighter/paramedic with Engine 7 and Medic 7 on B-shift, where he served the Piedmont Neighborhood for over four years. He was then transferred downtown to Engine 1 and Medic 1 C-shift, where he served for two years.

In 2006, Tim was assigned to the Training Division to act as the Lead Instructor for the New Recruit Training Academy. During that time, he was responsible for developing and presenting instructional curriculum and providing coaching, counseling, and mentoring to new employees. Tim served as the Lead Instructor for four recruit classes. He also assisted in instructing EMS topics and providing suppression training to crews in the field. Tim was promoted to Captain in 2008 while serving in the Training Division. Tim returned to the field in 2009 and was assigned as a Fire Captain/Paramedic with Engine 8 and Medic 8 C-shift in the Near South Neighborhood. He also served for a short time as an EMS Shift Supervisor. Tim's last assignment prior to promotion to Battalion Chief was as a Fire Captain/Paramedic in the Clinton Neighborhood with Engine 2 and Medic 2 B-shift.

Tim served as a member of the Urban Search & Rescue Team (NETF1) until 2012. He provides input as a member of the job performance requirement, awards, and accreditation committees. He has also worked as a Paramedic Preceptor.

As a Battalion Chief, Tim's responsibilities include incident command, fire suppression skills training, research and development, leadership development and higher education, mutual aid agreements, and the awards committee.

Tim's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Doane College and an Associate's Degree in Fire Protection from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is an active member of the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors and serves as the President for the Flatwater Chapter of The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society. Tim participates as a regional instructor for Firetown Training Specialist, and has provided local departments with training in Fire and EMS topics throughout Southeast Nebraska. Tim has taught firefighter survival at both the Les Lukert Winter Conference and the Nebraska State Fire School. He is an adjunct instructor for Southeast Community College-Lincoln and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Paramedic and Fire Protection Technology programs. In 2010, he developed and presented two courses at the Nebraska Emergency Medical Association's Winter Conference in Columbus. He has served as a member of the Southwest Rural Fire Protection District for the past 18 years, where he is currently an Assistant Chief and Paramedic.

Tim was recognized as Instructor of the Year by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors in 2009. He has been awarded the Capitol City Footprinter's Firefighter of the Year and the VFW Gold Award for EMT of the Year. Tim has been privileged to serve with numerous units that received the Phoenix Award for successful resuscitation of cardiac arrest victims. Outside the fire department, Tim serves as a Board Member with the local Red Cross Chapter. He volunteers as a Steering Team Member, Security Staff Member, and Vacation Bible School Assistant at Horizonís Community Church.

Most importantly, Tim returns home to a loving and supportive family at the end of each shift. He and his wife Tami have been married for 16 years and have two children, Jackson and Maya.

This page last updated: 07/30/14

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