The city of Andover is pleased to announce the selection of Chad Russell as Fire Chief. Russell comes to Andover with 25 years of service to fire suppression and is a certified critical care paramedic.
Russell started his career as a volunteer in Udall in 1989, earning a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. He then worked for Cherryvale, first as a Lieutenant and then was promoted to Captain. Russell then went to the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department for 3 years.
After returning to Cherryvale as Captain, he was promoted first to Assistant Chief and then Chief of the department, the position he currently holds. Russell earned an associate’s degree in fire science from the Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Russell will begin his new role with the City of Andover on February 10, 2014. The current Andover Fire Chief Jim Shaver will retire from the City on February 1.
“Chad’s experience in the fire service, his current position as Chief in Cherryvale and his involvement in professional associations have prepared him well for this leadership role,” City Administrator Sasha Stiles said. “Although we will certainly miss Chief Shaver, I believe Chad will lead our Fire Department well in the future.”
The Andover Fire Department is a combination department made up of 14 career, four part-time, and 11 volunteer firefighters who respond to a variety of emergency incidents.
In 2012, the Andover Fire Department responded to 85 fires, 104 service calls, 154 good intent calls, 64 other type calls, and 891 rescue/medical calls. The Fire Department also spends time educating the public about fire prevention. Visit the Fire Department online at www.andoverks.com/fire.