Greg "Tank Nienstedt, pictured with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Lily and Lucy. Greg is retiring from the Brenham Fire Department after serving as a firefighter for 40 years.

One of the Brenham Fire Department’s longest-serving members is retiring.

Tuesday marks Greg “Tank” Nienstedt’s last day at the fire department, after joining as a volunteer on April 7, 1983.  He joined the paid staff in 2000, and was promoted to captain in 2013.

Nienstedt says after 40 years of service, he feels it is time to step aside for a new wave of firefighters.



Nienstedt says the fire department has come a long way over the years, and thanks the city for working to keep it up-to-date with needed equipment.

Being at the fire station around other members of the department and fighting fires will be what Nienstedt misses most in retirement.  For his fellow firefighters, he says to always strive to build their knowledge and give it their all.



Nienstedt says he plans to continue as a summer school instructor at Texas A&M, and if he misses firefighting too much, he may rejoin Brenham or one of the county departments as a volunteer.

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  1. Congratulations TANK on a job well done, Thank you for your dedication and service all these years.

  2. way to go Tank now it is time to relax and enjoy your family. 40 years quite an accomplishment for anybody we are all proud of you and enjoy your well earned retirement

  3. Tank is an awesome man, and his family is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Congrats to you on retirement, but most of all, THANK YOU for your many years of service. Now Mrs. Susan can really put you to work!

  4. The end of an era… volunteers don’t exist like this anymore folks. This is a bittersweet day. Happy for you, Tank…but sad for our community. God speed and THANK YOU for your service,

  5. Tank, thank you for your service. You will be missed.
    Enjoy retirement. Well deserved.
    Debra & Rick

  6. Congratulations Tank! You’ve given so much of yourself to the City and the community. Go enjoy your family!

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