City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

Fire Chief

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Rich Higgins

Deputy Chief Rich Higgins

Fire Chief Rich Higgins has been with the Ames Fire Department since 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006, to Shift Commander in 2009, and Deputy Chief in 2012. Before coming to the Ames Fire Department, Rich 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.

Rich 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.


In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, DIY projects, and the outdoors.



 Headquarters for Chief Fire Officers are located at:

Fire Station #1
1300 Burnett Avenue
Ames, IA 50010