Richard Higgins, a 1997 graduate of Vinton-Shellsburg, has been hired as Ames Fire Chief.

According to the Ames staff directory, Higgins has been with the Ames Fire Department since 2002.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006, to Shift Commander in 2009, and Deputy Fire Chief in 2012.  Before coming to the Ames Fire Department, Richard worked for the City of Ames, in the Public Works Utility Maintenance Department.

At V-S, Higgins was a member of the swim team.

“I’m honored to be selected Ames fire chief, and I’m looking forward to implementing new outreach programs that get firefighters into the community,” Higgins said in a news release. “We have the ability to provide citizens with first aid, CPR and AED trainings, as well as continue our tradition of providing fire safety education. These are important skills that can save lives.”

Chief Higgins received his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Des Moines Area Community College.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Indiana State University .  He is also certified by the State of Iowa as a Firefighter II, Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Inspector I, Driver Operator/Pumper, Confined Space and Hazardous Materials Technician.

Chief Higgins is very involved in Hazardous Materials Response and Water Rescue training for the department.  When not on duty, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, golf, fishing and listening to music.

See a news story from Higgins’ hometown newspaper Here.