Black River Falls hires veteran firefighter Stoker to be chief
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Jody Stoker will wake up Thursday as chief of the Black River Falls Fire Department, after the announcement of his promotion today.
Stoker has served with the Black River Falls Fire and Emergency Medical Service for more than 20 years. He has held the ranks of firefighter, captain and assistant chief.
He has been employed full-time as the fire department’s EMS division chief since June 2013.
Stoker earned his associate degree in police science technology from Western Technical College and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Viterbo University in La Crosse.
He also holds a wide range of fire and emergency medical services certifications and has completed more than a dozen training seminars through the National Fire Academy.
Stoker replaces Steve Schreiber, who retired as chief on May 15.
The city’s hiring committee received 10 applications for the position. After screening and analyzing the candidates, the committee elected to forego interviews in light of Stoker’s education, experience and qualifications and hire him.