Staff Contacts and Address

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Fire Station 1
1300 Burnett Ave
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515-239-5109

Fire Station 2
132 Welch Ave
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515-239-5221

Fire Station 3
2400 S. Duff
Ames, Iowa 50010
Office: 515-239-5545

Higgins, Richard

Deputy Chief Rich Higgins
  • Departments:Fire
  • Title:Fire Chief
  • Phone:515-239-5414
  • Email:



Chief Richard 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.

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.

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