New Rhinelander fire chief to take the reins Nov. 1
Star Journal Report
Rhinelander’s new fire chief will begin his duties Nov. 1. Brian Tonnancour was selected by the city Police and Fire Commission Friday, Oct. 15.
“I am honored to be selected as the next fire chief for the city of Rhinelander,” Tonnancour said. “I look forward to guiding the evolution of the fire department to meet new challengers of emergency response and the needs of the city. My family and I are looking forward to becoming members of the amazing community.”
Tonnancour is currently serving the Milwaukee County Fire Department as assistant fire chief of operations, training, policies and procedures. He is an Air Force veteran, having received an honorable discharge in 2012.
“We’re pleased the selection and placement process has concluded and look forward to stabilized leadership in the fire department,” said city Administrator Zach Vruwink. “Our appreciation to Josh Schmitz for serving as interim chief and to the members for their commitment to maintaining exceptional service to Rhinelander.”
Terry Williams, Rhinelander fire chief for 14 years, retired in February. Tom Waydick, a deputy chief who became the interim fire chief after Williams departed retired in June.
The Rhinelander Fire Department is led by a chief, three deputy chiefs, three lieutenants, six drivers and six firefighters who are all certified paramedics. The department provides EMT paramedic level service in addition to fire suppression, fire inspection, specialty rescue and fire prevention activities. The department operates with an annual budget of approximately $2 million.