Fire Chief Gary A. Reese began his 23 year fire service career with KCFD in March1995 serving as a member of Pumper #2 on Kansas City’s west-side.
He is a graduate of UMKC with a Master’s degree in Business/Managerial Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from UMKC and an Associates of Arts and Science Fire Science degree from Penn Valley Community College.
Within the Kansas City Fire Department, Gary Reese has held the positions of Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator, Fire Captain and most recently worked as a Division Chief. He believes his field experience, education and his administrative training is the right blend for his role as Chief of the KCFD.
Chief Reese has been on both sides KCFD’s award winning labor and management partnership as a chief and serving as Secretary-Treasurer for IAFF Local 42. He has served as a chief of the 9-1-1 Communications Center, and worked for over twenty years in the Operations Bureau.
“Unifying the department is one of the main goals I had when I applied,” says Reese, “My experience is strong, I feel well prepared to lead the department through the challenges we’ll face in the future.”
You can follow Fire Chief Reese on Twitter @KCMOFireChief.