Rich Higgins began his fire service career in 1998. Contributed photo
The International Association of Fire Chiefs recently accepted Ames Deputy Chief Rich Higgins into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute as a member of the 2018 cohort program.
This year-long program trains new and aspiring fire chiefs to be successful leaders. Higgins has also been awarded a scholarship that covers the expenses for attending the program, which is funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Higgins began his fire service career in 1998 volunteering for the Benton County Sherriff’s Rescue in Iowa. In 2000, he began working as volunteer firefighter and EMT at the Kelley Fire Department. He moved to the Ames Fire Department in 2002. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006, to shift commander in 2009, and to deputy fire chief in 2012.
Higgins has an associate’s degree in fire science technology, a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and a master’s degree in public administration. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a chief fire officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing.