The man who is tasked with keeping Waterloo’s firefighters up to date with their training has been named the department’s Firefighter of the Year for 2019.
Lt. Dave Jensson received the honor during the Noon Exchange Club luncheon Monday at the Elks Club.
“The training officer position is possibly one of the most challenging ones within the department. We task Dave with meeting the training needs of 100 plus firefighters, and he’s pretty much a one-man show,” said Fire Chief Pat Treloar.
Medical Supervisor Jason Hernandez, who nominated Jensson for the award, said firefighters are expected to do more than extinguish fires. In a typical day, they can be called to handle vehicle accidents, rescues and hazardous material releases, and firefighters are cross trained to be prepared.