Fire Department


Staff
Picture of: Fire Chief Ricky Boeker Fire Chief Ricky Boeker

Chief Boeker is a lifelong resident of Brenham and a 1977 graduate of Brenham High School. He joined the Department in May, 1988 and advanced through the ranks of volunteers to be elected Chief in 2005. In January, 2008 Boeker was named the City of Brenham's first paid fire chief. He also serves as the City's Emergency Management Coordinator.

Boeker has been an instructor for Texas A&M Municipal Fire School since 2000. He received Firefighter of the Year in 1995 and again in 2007. He was also named the Central Texas Fireman's and Fire Marshal Firefighter of the Year in 1996.

Boeker and his wife, Virginia, have been married since 1982; they have two children and three grandchildren.
   
Picture of: Capitan Brian Scheffer

Assistant Chief Brian Scheffer

Scheffer joined as a volunteer in May 1997 and promoted to the rank of Apparatus Operator in July 2000 and then to Captain in September 2012. He also serves as the Department's Training Coordinator which he has held since January 2004. Scheffer was named Firefighter of the Year in 2001 and 2008. Scheffer was the Firefighter of the Year for Central Texas Fireman's & Fire Marshall in 2002 and first runner up for Firefighter of the Year for the State Fireman's & Fire Marshall's Association in 2003.

Scheffer currently hold Master Firefighter thru State Fireman's & Fire Marshall's Association, Advance Firefighter, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer II, Instructor III, Hazmat Technician, Hazmat IC, Wildland Firefighter, Incident Safety Officer & Driver Operator certifications thru the Texas Commission on of Fire Protection. Scheffer is an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and is currently on the Certification board for the SFFMA. Scheffer has been a Guest Instructor for Texas Fireman's Training School since 2004 and is an Adjunct Instructor for TEEX.

Scheffer married Shelley Markwardt in 2004 and they have a son Brayden and daughter Quinly.

   
Picture of: Fire Marshal Brent Sauble

Fire Marshal Brent Sauble

Sauble joined the Brenham Fire Department May 16, 2016. Sauble was previously employed by the City of Willow Park Fire/Rescue Department where he served for twelve years. Sauble promoted through the ranks at Willow Park and served as Fire Chief/Fire Marshal for 5 years. Sauble has served on the Parker County Arson Task force as Vice President and had been an Instructor at Weatherford College Fire Academy.

Sauble currently holds his Advanced Firefighter, Advanced Arson Investigator, Advanced Fire Inspector, Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Safety Officer, Driver Operator, Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer IV through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Sauble also hold his Intermediate Peace Officer License through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and his EMT Basic through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Sauble married Marissa Leondar in 2012 and they have two sons Kinsler and Halston.

   
Picture of: First Assistant Chief Ronald Bentke First Assistant Chief Ronald Bentke

Bentke has been with the Brenham Fire Department since March, 1992. He was elected to the position of First Assistant in January, 2010. Prior to that, he served as District Chief. Bentke attained his Accredited Advanced Certification from the State Fireman's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas.

Bentke oversees the maintenance at the Fireman's Training Center and he also heads up the Department's annual Fish Fry and is very active in all Department fundraisers.

Bentke was named Firefighter of the Year in 2000 and again in 2010, a well-deserved honor. He and his wife Jeri have two children. Bentke works for Blue Bell Creameries and loves being a Brenham firefighter.
   
Picture of: First Assistant Chief Robert Aguilar

2nd Assistant Chief Robert Aguilar

Rob Aguilar moved to Brenham in 2007 from San Antonio after his retirement from the San Antonio Fire Department. His career spanned 34 years and he served the Department and the citizens of San Antonio in various capacities including Firefighter, Engineer/Fire Apparatus Operator, Lieutenant, Haz-Mat Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Company Officer, Instructor.
He currently holds a Firefighter Master Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; an Associates Degree in Fire Science from San Antonio College; a Bachelor of Science Degree from Suffield University. He also holds several other fire related certifications.

Rob joined the Brenham Fire Department in September of 2009 where he has served as a Firefighter and District Chief. Rob will assist with the maintenance and operation of the Fireman’s Training Center, Training of Firefighters, Examination Committee, Fire Prevention Duties, Firefighting, and in any other capacity that will assist in the further betterment of the Department and its service to the citizens of Brenham and Washington County.

Rob has been married to his wife Wanda since 1970; he has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

   
Carrie Derkowski  Administrative Secretary Carrie Derkowski

Carrie has spent most of her life in Brenham, moving from Houston with her Family in 1976. She comes from a big family one of six children. She graduated from Brenham High School in 1992, attended Blinn and graduated from a Business School in Austin in 1994. Shorty after she married her husband, Shawn Derkowski, in 1996. Shawn is employed at MIC Group and has been there for 20 plus years. They have two growing boys Austin & Brayden. They are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoys watching her boys play Baseball & Football. Her Family is a member of the Bluebonnet 4-H which her kids show animals at the Fair and are involved in other numerous 4-H activities. In Carrie's spare time she enjoys traveling, decorating, shopping and most of all spending time with her family & friends.
   

A-Shift

 
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Gregory (Tank) Nienstedt Captain Gregory (Tank) Nienstedt

Tank joined the Brenham Fire Department as a volunteer in April 1993. He has served as Training Coordinator and Second Assistant Chief. Tank promoted from the volunteers ranks to Apparatus Operator in April 2000. He currently holds IFSACS Certifications in Advanced Fire Fighter, Haz-Mat Tech, Instructor II, Investigator Advanced, and Driver Operator through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Tank also takes care of the departments SCBA and Communication equipment. Tank is married to Susan who also works for the city and has one daughter Lucy. Tank teaches at Texas A & M Annual Fire School and enjoys teaching in the Brenham Fire Department.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Cecil Wright Cecil Wright

Wright joined the Department as an Apparatus Operator in 1978.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Justin Schroeder Justin Schroeder

Justin is a graduate of Brenham High School and Texas A&M Fire Academy and was hired in January 2010. He is also certified as an EMT. Justin is married, and his wife, Janice, is a fifth grade teacher at First Baptist.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Chris McCain

Chris McCain

Chris has spent most of his adult life in the Brenham area, moving here from Ennis, Tx in 1992. He was a volunteer with Brenham Fire Dept. 1993-1996 and rejoined in 2011.

He is a graduate from Texas A&M Fire Academy and holds a Basic and Wildland Certifications thru the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and was promoted to Apparatus Operator September 9, 2013.

Chris married Jamie Hueske in 1996, and she works as a LVN in Brenham, they have 3 kids; Addie, Braden, and Kade. Chris and Jamie enjoy watching their kids play multiple sports like baseball, soccer, and competitive swimming. Also, they spend their free time hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

   

B-Shift

 
   
Picture of: Captain Douglas Maurer Captain Douglas Maurer

Maurer was hired as an Apparatus Operator in October 1978 and promoted to Captain in 2002.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Ryan Swor Ryan Swor

Ryan joined the Brenham Fire Department as a volunteer in 2014 and was promoted to Apparatus Operator in January, 2016. Ryan is a 2014 graduate of Brenham High School and 2015 graduate of Texas A&M Fire Academy. He is also certified as an EMT and holds a basic Wildland Certification.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator - Jerred Eschete  Jerred Eschete

Jerred joined the Brenham Fire Department on December 31, 2012. He is a graduate of Mercedes High School in 1998 and graduated from the Rio Grande Regional Fire Academy in 1999. He moved to College Station and went to work for TEEX for 11 years where he was a Haz-Mat instructor for 6 of those years. He holds Pro Board Certifications in NFPA 472 Hazmat Technician, Hazmat Incident Command, Transportation Specialist, NFPA 1081 Industrial Fire Brigade Interior and Exterior, NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor and NFPA 1081 Leadership. He is married to Amie and they have two kids Savannah and Brady.
   
Picture of: Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Jeff has been a member of the Fire Department since April 1996. He is also a certified Paramedic and is also FEMA certified in many areas of rescue (trench, confined space, ropes and structural collapse). He also holds Advanced Firefighter, Driver Operator, Level II Instructor and is a ARFF certified as well as Swiftwater.

Jeff has been a member of the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team since 2001 as a Rescue Specialist while being deployed to numerous disasters.

Jeff is married to Donna and they have 3 children; Jared, Caleb & Kaleigh.

   

C-Shift

 
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Brett Schroeder

Captain Brett Schroeder

Schroeder joined the Brenham Fire Department as a volunteer in 2001. He is a lifelong resident of Brenham and is a 2000 Graduate of Brenham High School. Schroeder is also a graduate of Texas A&M Fire Academy in 2001. He was promoted in June of 2003 to an Apparatus Operator. Then promoted to C shift Captain in 2016 Schroeder. He handles all fleet maintenance and small engine maintenance. He currently holds Texas Commission on Fire Protection advanced Certification, Driver operator, wildland firefighter, fire officer one and two, Emergency Vehicle Tech. and Instructor I Certifications. Schroeder was named Fire Fighter of the year in 2014. Schroeder also plays a key role in the departments design team on new apparatus since 2006.

Schroeder and his wife Jennifer were married in August of 2006. Schroeder and his wife love spending time at the coast or just being outdoors and spending time with their pets.

   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Andrew Jozwiak Andrew Jozwiak

Andrew Jozwiak joined the department as a volunteer in February 2004. He attended Texas A&M Fire Academy and was promoted to Apparatus Operator in April of 2007. He holds a Basic Certification thru the Texas Commission of Fire Protection and also Driver Operator and Instructor One certifications. He is a member of the Texas Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians and does an excellent job as the Departments EVT.
   
Picture of: Apparatus Operator Josh Sebastian Joshua Sebastian

Joshua is a lifelong resident of Brenham and joined the Brenham Fire Department as a volunteer in 2004. He graduated from Brenham High School in 2004 and in 2005 graduated from Texas A&M Fire Academy. He promoted to Apparatus Operator in 2010 and is a certified Hazmat Technician. Josh and his wife Amanda were married in March 2009.