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The Waukee Fire Department recently hired Tim Kurth to fill its open full-time Firefighter/Paramedic position. His duties include responding to fire and rescue calls, performing truck and equipment maintenance, and leading public education sessions.
Kurth, who started out as a volunteer firefighter in Windsor Heights in 2000, transitioned into a full-time career firefighter/paramedic for the Windsor Heights Fire Department in 2008. While there, he served in all positions including Lieutenant and Interim Fire Chief. He said he went into the field after seeing paramedics respond to his grandfather during an emergency situation; he wanted to give back to the community. Kurth also worked as an ER Tech at Mercy early on in his career.
“We are so lucky to have Tim on our team,” said Fire Chief Clint Robinson. “He has nearly two decades under his belt as a firefighter/paramedic in the Des Moines metro. That kind of experience is hard to find. He is incredibly skilled and has a passion for serving the public.”
Kurth received medical training at Mercy College of Health Sciences. He also earned a bachelor's degree in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University. Kurth holds certifications including Firefighter 1 and 2, Officer 1 and 2, Instructor 1, Inspector 1, Driver Operator and Car Seat Safety Tech, as well as many through FEMA and International Code Council.
"My passion for people and the community keeps me focused day in and day out to continue to provide the best services possible to this unique and well-deserving area," said Kurth. "I look forward to learning about Waukee, and I am excited to continue my career with this great city and great group of professional firefighters."
He and his wife Eileen have five children, are active in their church, assist with the foster community and enjoy spending time outdoors.