Fire Chief Gary A. Reese began his 23 year fire service career with KCFD in March, 1995 serving as a Firefighter on Pumper #2 in Kansas City’s west-side.


  • Graduated from UMKC with Master's Degree in Business/Managerial Economics
  • Received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from UMKC
  • Received an Associates of Arts and Science Fire Science degree from Penn Valley Community College

Previous Positions

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Apparatus Operator
  • Fire Captain
  • Division Chief

Chief Reese has been on both sides KCFD’s award winning labor and management partnership as a chief and serving as Secretary-Treasurer for IAFF Local 42. He has served as a chief of the 9-1-1 Communications Center, and worked for over twenty years in the Operations Bureau. He believes his field experience, education and his administrative training is the right blend for his role as Chief of the KCFD.

“Unifying the department is one of the main goals I had when I applied,” says Reese, “My experience is strong, I feel well prepared to lead the department through the challenges we’ll face in the future.”

You can follow Fire Chief Reese on Twitter @KCMOFireChief.