The Forward Firefighter Podcast

Episode 6

Lane Heins

Blackhawk Technical College Fire Instructor Lane

PTSD in the Fire Service

In this episode, we discuss a few different topics, but the main focus is on PTSD in the fire service.

Lane Heins began his career in Emergency Services in 1994 as an EMT with Green County EMS in Monroe. While attending University of Wisconsin Platteville he joined the Platteville Fire Department and Platteville EMS organizations. Upon graduation, Lane returned to Monroe and joined the Monroe Fire Department and continued to respond with Green County EMS as well. As a paid-on call firefighter, Lane worked through the ranks as a Firefighter, MPO, and Lieutenant of Apparatus. In 2004 Lane was hired as the Full-time Battalion Chief of Fire Prevention and later promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. Lane also served as the Interim Fire Chief for a period of time.

Teaching has always been a passion of Lane’s. He is currently the Fire Protection Technician Instructor for Blackhawk Technical College Associates Degree Program. Lane also teaches for the Wisconsin Emergency Management Office and the National Fire Academy Incident Management Curriculum. Lane is a State of Wisconsin Fire Service Representative.

Lane is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville with a BS in Education, a Masters in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University, and a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officers Program

When Lane is not teaching or working, he enjoys helping a high school classmate with farming operations and excavation work. Lane and his wife Lana have two daughters, Ava and Alli, and a dog named Max.

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