Mark Rohlfing is the Fire Chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department. He was appointed for the job in 2010 by Mayor Tom Barrett.
Chief Rohlfing comes to the Milwaukee Fire Department with an impressive background. He has been in the fire service for 27 years and spent most of his firefighting career in his hometown Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, he spent the last two years of his career as fire chief for the Rapid City Department of Fire & Rescue in South Dakota.
Chief Rohlfing began his career with the Omaha Fire Department in 1983 as a firefighter and successfully advanced through the ranks to assistant fire chief. He also served as an adjunct faculty member from 2001-2007 at the University of Nebraska Omaha and taught classes for the Fire Protection Technology Program.
While with the Omaha Fire Department Chief Rohlfing sat on the Political Action Committee, Public Safety Training Facility Committee, the UASI Committee, Human Relations Committee, the Training Committee, and was a union executive board member for a two-year term. He was also a member of the Task Force1/Urban Search and Rescue team and a manager for the Haz-Mat team.
Chief Rohlfing holds a Master of Science degree in executive fire leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and an Associate Degree in fire protection technology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Program of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with training in executive development, strategic management of change, executive administration and executive leadership.
Chief Rohlfing is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Pennington County Emergency Management Oversight Committee, National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and an advisory board member for the Salvation Army.
Chief Rohlfing is married to Maureen Rohlfing and the two have a teenage son named Ryan, and two college-aged daughters named Jordan and Kaitlin.
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Fire & Police Commission could open up internal search process next year.May 24th, 2021 by Jeramey Jannene
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Acting chief gains remarkably broad array of support for permanent fire chief.May 20th, 2021 by Jeramey Jannene
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Milwaukee Fire Chief Retires
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Actions must speak louder than words
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Charges expected to be read this week. Investigation underway since February.Jun 28th, 2020 by Jeramey Jannene
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Officer Ray Confirmed Without Debate
Former MPD officer is newest member of troubled Fire and Police Commission.Dec 17th, 2019 by Jeramey Jannene
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Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
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