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             Shawn Bayouth
 Deputy Chief Shawn BayouthChief Shawn Bayouth began his fire service career in 1989. He was first promoted to a Chief Officer in 2000, serving as an Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief for departments in Iowa and Colorado.  After joining the Ames Fire Department in 2007, he has served as the Fire Chief since 2012.

Chief Bayouth's educational background includes a PhD in Industrial Technology 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 (since 1999) a Fire Officer IV, a 2006 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M's Fire Service Chief Executive Officer, and was recently awarded his third re-designation (2006-2018) as a "Chief Fire Officer" through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.



 Headquarters for Chief Fire Officers are located at:

Fire Station #1
1300 Burnett Avenue
Ames, IA 50010