Without a chief since earlier this year, the South Milwaukee Fire Department continues to quietly deliver the kind of first-class service that all city residents can be proud of.
The department’s captains, who are essentially the acting chiefs of the department these days, can certainly take their share of credit for that. And one in particular — Joseph Knitter — is doing especially great things.
Capt. Knitter recently completed National Fire Academy training and earned the designation of “Executive Fire Officer,” a status that has only been achieved by a very small group of firefighters throughout the nation.
The mayor and City Council formally recognized Knitter at its meeting Wednesday night.
To become and Executive Fire Officer, Knitter studied and performed research for four years and authored four applied research papers, all of which have been published by the U.S. Fire Administration.
Here is one of them from 2007 on the SMFD’s efforts at unveiling a competency assessment tool.
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