Fire Chief Richard A. Kelley has led the Oklahoma City Fire Department since September of 2017. A member of the department since 1991, Chief Kelley promoted through the ranks in the Fire Operations division having held positions as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Special Operations Coordinator, Technical Rescue Station Officer, and Battalion Chief of two distinct fire districts. Chief Kelley then promoted to Deputy Chief of Support services before becoming Deputy Chief of Operations in 2015.
Chief Kelley holds numerous licenses and certifications; Fire Instructor Level II, Emergency Medical Technician, Rescue Technician, Dive Team member, and Oklahoma Task Force I Task Force Leader.
Additionally, Chief Kelley spent a decade as an adjunct instructor for the Eastern Oklahoma County Vo-Tech Fire Training Academy where he had the opportunity to train and mentor future fire service personnel. Chief Kelley has been the recipient of numerous awards, and he holds a degree in Municipal Fire Protection from Oklahoma State University. He also completed the Oklahoma Executive Fire Officer Leadership Program in 2015.
With a servant's heart, an unwavering dedication, and an insatiable desire to make his department the best it can possibly be, Chief Kelley resolutely propels the Oklahoma City Fire Department forward.