Deputy Fire Chiefs Announced
Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins announced today the promotion of two Ames Fire Department Shift Commanders to two open positions of Deputy Fire Chief. Douglas Allen, who has served the Ames Fire Department since 1999, and Thomas Hackett, who joined the Ames Fire Department in 2000, begin their new duties immediately.
“I am proud and excited to welcome Doug and Tom to these leadership positions with the Ames Fire Department. Their dedication and years of service have proven they both have tremendous experience and ability to continuously improve our efforts at increasing public safety and education,” Higgins said.
The Ames Fire Department includes two Deputy Fire Chiefs to assist the Fire Chief. Under the general supervision of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chiefs plan and direct the activities of the Fire Department and represent the Fire Department's interest with external agencies involved in community safety. The Deputy Fire Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising functions such as operations, information and records management, emergency communication, computer services, grants and contracts, and special projects. The Deputy Fire Chief assumes command in the absence of the Fire Chief.
Allen was promoted to Shift Commander in 2006. He was a Lieutenant with the Ames Fire Department from 2005 to 2006, and a Firefighter from 1999 to 2005. Since 2012, he also has served as a Coordinator with the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Allen served various positions with the Huxley Fire Department from 1992 to 2002. He has an associate’s degree in fire science from Des Moines Area Community College an associate’s degree in farm operations from Iowa State University.
Hackett was promoted to Shift Commander in 2013. Prior to that, he was a Lieutenant with the Ames Fire Department from 2007 to 2013, and served as a Firefighter from 2000 to 2007. He was a Staff Sergeant with the Iowa Air National Guard from 1997 to 2005. Hackett has an associate’s degree in fire science from Des Moines Area Community College.
The two vacancies were created when former Deputy Fire Chief Rich Higgins was promoted to Fire Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief Paul Sandoval retired in August. The Ames Fire Department is a full-service municipal department comprised of 59 firefighters located at three fire stations. Ames Fire focuses on prevention, suppression, emergency services, and fire safety inspections.