City of Watertown Welcomes New Fire Chief

Travis Teesch will be Watertown Fire Department’s new Chief of Fire and Emergency Operations. Chief Teesch comes to Watertown from his former position as Assistant Fire Chief in Kaukauna, where he has served since August of 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Fire and Emergency Response Management and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of South Dakota. In addition to his long-term employment as Assistant Chief position in Kaukauna, Chief Teesch has also served as an adjunct instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, was a State Of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board member from 2003 to 2009 and is the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 127 Secretary, serving from 2017 to present. He holds many additional certificates in specialized areas of the fire service, including HAZMAT Operation, Ice Rescue, National Incident Management System certifications, and more.

Brad Kuenzi, President of the Police and Fire Commission says of Chief Teesch, “he is relocating his family to Watertown and taking on this role as Fire Chief with a great passion and enthusiasm.  Travis will be a great leader, mentor, and team member. The PFC is proud to hire Travis and feel that he will be a blessing to the department and community.”

Chief Teesch will begin his new role in the City of Watertown on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Deputy Chief Anthony Rauterberg will serve as acting Chief In the interim.