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Iowa City Fire Department training officer retires after 32 years

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Iowa City Fire Chief Andrew Rocca announced Friday that Training Officer Steve Dolan is retiring after 32 years of service.

Steve joined the department in August 1977.

Prior to that, he served on the Hills Fire Department for five years. Steve instructed at the Iowa State Fire School in Ames for over ten years. In 2008, he received the Kimberly Stratton Award, which is given to the person in Iowa who had the greatest impact on firefighter training. He was named the Firefighter of the Year by the Johnson County Mutual Aid Association in 2008.

Steve was the Incident Safety Officer for the Iowa City Fire Department. In that capacity, he introduced many firefighter safety reforms in Iowa City that have been copied across the state.

In 2004, Steve started working on the new fire department training center. The training center is located at 1001 South Clinton and was formerly occupied by the city's waste water division. Under Steve's direction, the center has been utilized by more than a thousand firefighters and well over 30 different fire departments. The training center has hosted several National Fire Academy and Iowa Service Training Bureau classes. The center has a number of training props which are used to improve the skills and knowledge of firefighters. In 2008, the training center was under four feet of water and Steve spearheaded the task of getting it serviceable again, completing the task in just three months.

Online Executive Producer: Nate Leding

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