Meet the Day Staff
Fire Chief David Litton
Chief Litton is a 1980 graduate of Crete-Monee High School and received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Prairie State College in 1989, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University in 1999, and graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in 2004 (There have been only about 3000 graduates over the last 30 years). Chief Litton was a licensed paramedic for 25 years and was also certified as an Arson Investigator in the State of Illinois.
David began his fire service career in 1982 with the Crete Township Fire Protection District where he volunteered for 1 year. Chief Litton joined the University Park Fire Department (Illinois) in 1983 as a volunteer and began his full-time employment there as a firefighter/paramedic in 1985. David rose through the ranks and was appointed Fire Chief in June of 1995. In 2005, Litton took on the additional role of Village Manager for University Park. In 2008, Litton accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Bolingbrook, Illinois where he served until May of 2013. In July of 2013 he joined the Green Bay Metro Fire Department as Fire Chief.
Chief Litton is married to Martha and combined they have four children (Ryan, Madisen, Nadia, and Jack). The Litton’s reside in the Red Smith area of Green Bay. When not at work, the Chief enjoys golfing, riding his motorcycle, swimming, watching the Chicago Blackhawks and working around the house. He and his family are extremely happy to be here and look forward to serving the citizens of Green Bay well into the future.
Assistant Chief Robert Goplin
Assistant Chief Rob Goplin entered the fire service in 1993 and was hired by the Green Bay Fire Department in 1997. Having served GBMFD as Firefighter, Division Chief of Fire Training, Assistant Chief of Operations, Battalion Chief, and Fire Chief, Rob again assumed the role of Assistant Chief of Operations in June of 2016. Rob holds an A.A.S. in fire protection, a B.S. in fire and emergency response management, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.
Away from work, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys riding motorcycle and golfing (which he’s not very good at!). Rob is also an instructor for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and serves on the Advisory Board for the BFERM Bachelor’s program at UW-Oshkosh.
Assistant Chief Ryan Gibbons
Assistant Chief Ryan Gibbons started his career in the fire service in 1989 as a cadet with the Rib Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He became an EMT in 1993. Ryan graduated from FVTC with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection in 1996. He worked at Grand Chute Fire Department as a part-time driver and paid on call until being hired by the Green Bay Fire Department in 1997. Ryan attended NWTC to achieve his paramedic certification in 2002. He holds numerous other certifications from the National Fire Academy and ProBoard.
His current promotion to Assistant Chief has him overseeing the Emergency Medical Services Division, Training Division and Support Services. Keeping the department up to date with ever changing world of technology, software programs, medical response, organizing paramedic teams and response parameters for all special events and the home Packer games are some of his primary responsibilities.
The division consists of two training Captains, and 4 Fire Marshals. The training Captains keep the department up to date on their E.M.S. licensures, training certifications, new equipment and the newest and best practices that are available. They administer the annual recruit academy for new hires, assist in maintaining our ISO Class 1 rating along with many other duties that make the Green Bay Metro Fire Department a top rated, well trained, efficient department.
Ryan is married to his wife Jennifer, they have 3 children. He enjoys attending his children’s sporting events, and participating in competitive shooting events.
Battalion Chief David Kolz
Battalion Chief Kolz is a 20 year veteran of the fire service spending 4 years as a FF/EMT with the City of South Milwaukee Fire Department and 16 years as a FF/Nationally Registered-Paramedic with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Battalion Chief Kolz has a Bachelor’s degree (B.B.A.) in Business from UW-Whitewater and Masters Degree Level Certification in Emergency Management, Planning and Administration from UW-Green Bay. Dave was promoted to Battalion Chief in June 2016 after spending the majority of his GBMFD career working out of station 2. Battalion Chief Kolz is responsible for the Green Bay Metro Fire Departments Marine Division, SCBA equipment, and awards committee. BC Kolz is currently the east side Battalion on A shift. Email Battalion Chief Kolz.
Battalion Chief Mike Vanden Avond
Mike (Myk) Vanden Avond was born and raised in Green Bay. He is an East High School Red Devil graduate. He received his fire protection degree from FVTC and paramedic from NWTC. Mike’s first career firefighting job was with the city of Oshkosh where he worked for 2 years. He also worked for the Bellevue and Allouez fire departments as a paid on call firefighter. Mike was the first 3rd generation firefighter for the Bellevue FD following in his grandfather’s and Dad’s footsteps. He was a paramedic for Orange Cross and County Rescue Services. Mike had previous Haz-Mat experience working for Onyx/Veolia Emergency Services.
Mike was hired by the GBMFD in 2006. He spent the majority of his career at station 2. He is a boat pilot and was on the honor guard. Mike was promoted to Battalion Chief on December-31-14.Mike’s current Battalion Chief responsibilities include pre incident fire planning development and is the bunker gear expediter. Mike is an Assistant team leader for the Haz-Mat team. He is also a fire instructor for Fire LLC and NWTC.
Mike is married to Stephanie and they have 2 daughters, Madalyn and Emmersyn. He enjoys camping, motorcycling and boating in his off time.
BC Vanden Avond is currently the east side Battalion on B shift.
Battalion Chief Eric Jeltema
Battalion Chief Eric Jeltema began his career with Green Bay Metro Fire Department in June 2005. He is a graduate of FVTC with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technician. He then obtained his EMT-Paramedic certification from NWTC prior to his hire. While employed at GBMFD, he obtained his Bachelors of Applied Studies in Fire & Emergency Response Management from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief in August 2020. He holds many state and National Fire Academy Certifications.
He is happily married to his wife, Erin, since 2008. He has three children ages 12, 10, and 8. He enjoys camping, attending his kids sporting events, and many other social and sporting activities.
BC Jeltema is currently the west side Battalion on B shift.
Battalion Chief Drew Spielman
Battalion Chief Drew Spielman began his career with Green Bay in April of 1999. He obtained an Associates Degree in Fire Protection from Fox Valley Technical College and holds several NFA and State Certifications. Drew comes from a firefighting family with his grandfather being a volunteer for many years and his father, a 32 year career firefighter. Drew was promoted to Battalion Chief in December of 2014 after working the majority of his career in the busy downtown area at Stations 1 and 2. Drew is currently in charge of the department's radio system and the head of apparatus management, specifications and is the shop liaison. Drew is also an Assistant Chief with the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department in southern Brown County.
BC Spielman is currently the east side Battalion on C shift.
Fire Marshal's Office
Captain Joe Gabe
Captain Joe Gabe entered the fire service in 1998 as a public safety officer in Escanaba, MI. Joe joined the Green Bay Fire Department in April 2001, as a fire fighter. Mr. Gabe was promoted to Lieutenant in the Fire Marshals Office in 2006. Captain Gabe’s responsibilities include fire Inspections, fire code enforcement, fire investigation, and fire prevention/life safety issues. Joe obtained a Bachelors Degree in Science (Secondary Education) from Northern Michigan University in 1992. Captain Gabe is also a Certified Fire Investigator and former president of the Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force. Email Captain Gabe.
Lieutenant Michael Ireland
Entered the fire service in 1982 as a junior firefighter with hometown volunteer fire department. Followed in dad’s footsteps and became a member of the volunteer fire department in 1987. Graduated from University of Cincinnati with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Service Technology. Hired by the Green Bay Fire department in March of 1996. Promoted to Lieutenant in the Fire Marshals office in March 2017. Duties include fire inspections, code enforcement and fire investigations. Email Lieutenant Ireland.
Lieutenant Todd Coolman
Following in his fathers and older brothers footsteps, Todd entered the fire service in 1997 as a volunteer with the Marquette Township Fire Dept. Graduated with an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University in 1999, and later Graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelors of Fire Science in 2001. Hired by the Green Bay Fire Department in September of 2002, and promoted to Lieutenant in the Fire Marshal’s office in June 2017. Duties include fire inspections, code enforcement and fire investigations. Email Lieutenant Coolman.
Lieutenant Cody Johnson
Lt Cody Johnson started with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in March of 2014. Previous to that he spent 3 years with the Davenport Fire Department in Iowa. He earned his Associates in Fire Protection from Fox Valley Technical College in 2009. Cody's duties consist of fire inspections, code enforcement and fire investigations. Email Lieutenant Johnson.
Lieutenant Shauna Walesh
Lt. Walesh is a third generation firefighter; she started her career as a volunteer for Township Fire Department in 2011. In 2012 she graduated with an Associate Degree in Fire Medic from Chippewa Valley Technical School. Shauna was hired by the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in April of 2013. Shauna was promoted to a Lieutenant in the Fire Marshal’s office May 2018. Her role in the Fire Marshal's office is a Life Safety Educator and Public Information Officer. Some of Shauna’s responsibilities include coordinating fire/life safety education programs (which includes community education in schools, nursing/assisted living facilities, fire extinguisher training, home inspections), formulating/releasing information about incidents to media/local government/other agencies, and participates in disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery. Email Lieutenant Walesh.
Captain Joe Thompson - Training Division
Captain Joe Thompson started his fire service career as a volunteer in his hometown of Whiting, WI in 1994. Soon after, he enrolled at Fox Valley Technical College to pursue a full time firefighter job. After graduation, he enrolled at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for the paramedic program. After graduating, he was hired by the Village of Allouez fire department in 1999. He was a member of the Allouez fire department when it merged with the City of Green Bay fire department in 2012. Since the merger, he has been promoted twice and now serves as a training captain. He is part of the training division that puts together training and educational programs to help advance the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Email Captain Thompson.
Captain Shannon Mobley
Prior to becoming a firefighter, Shannon Mobley attended UW-Madison where she earned a BA in Psychology and a BS in Elementary Education. When she decided to pursue a career in the fire service she attended Madison Area Technical College where she earned her Wisconsin Fire I and II certifications and EMT license. Shannon’s first job in the fire service was as an AARF firefighter at the Outagamie County Airport Fire Department where she worked for 6 months while at the same time earning her paramedic license from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. From there she went on to work for the Manitowoc Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic until starting at the GBMFD in 1998. Shannon has spent the past 22 years working as a firefighter/paramedic advancing through the ranks of Private, Engineer, and Lieutenant. Shannon was promoted to Training Captain in January 2020 where her responsibilities include developing and providing fire and EMS training for the GBMFD. Email Captain Mobley.
Captain Jordan Waack
I started my fire career as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for Branch Fire and Rescue in Manitowoc County in May of 2007. After going through fire classes I enrolled in the EMT – Basic program and EMT – Paramedic Program at Lakeshore Technical College. I also earned an Associate’s Degree from Fox Valley Technical College as a Fire Protection Technician. I have worked for both the Village of Allouez before the merger and the City of Eau Claire as a Firefighter/Paramedic. In April of 2012 I started with the City of Green Bay as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I have continued my education with completing numerous classes including TEMS and Critical Care. I am also a Rescue Specialist on WI Task Force 1, with training in USAR disciplines. Email Captain Waack.
Administrative Support Staff
Lynn Beno - Administrative Assistant
Lynn was hired in August of 2010 as the Administrative Assistant for the Fire Department. Lynn was previously the Legal Secretary for the City Attorney’s office and prior to that the Administrative Assistant for the Brown County Corporation Counsel’s office. Lynn’s primary duties are assisting the Chief with administrative duties, assisting in budget preparation, administering the payroll for all of the Fire Department employees and many other administrative functions which ensure the efficient day to day operations of the Fire Department. Lynn was born and raised in Green Bay and is very excited about the new opportunities and challenges she will face at the Fire Department. Email Lynn.
Carri Prigge - Support Assistant
Carri started working for the Fire Department in June of 2018. She previously worked at the Green Bay Municipal Court for a number of years. Her primary duties with the department include providing administrative support, assisting callers, maintaining fire alarm permit data, transcribing fire reports and coordinating public education & special event visits as well as station tours.
Carri graduated from Green Bay Preble High School and Saint Norbert College. Carri's family life includes her husband Doug and 2 children, Luke 10 and Lauren 12. Carri takes an active role in her children's extracurricular activities by coaching basketball and softball. Her hobbies include watching sporting events, camping, and boating.