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Bayouth, Shawn

Chief Shawn Bayouth
  • Departments:Fire
  • Title:Fire Chief
  • Phone:515-239-5411
  • Email:

Chief Shawn Bayouth has been with the Ames Fire Department as a Deputy Chief of Support Services since 2007.  He began his fire service career in 1989, and has been a Chief Officer since 2000.


Chief Bayouth's educational background includes a PhD in Industrial Technology (Occupational Safety) from Iowa State University, an MS in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University, a BS in Fire Administration and Management from Western Illinois University, and an AA in Fire Administration from Johnson County Community College (KS). His dissertation research involved examining firefighter decision-making in virtual reality environments.

Shawn is a nationally certified paramedic and Fire Officer IV,  a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, and was recently awarded re-designation as a "Chief Fire Officer" (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. 

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