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Chief Kevin Ward


Chief Kevin Ward began his fire service career with the Weber County Fire Department in 1977 as a firefighter/paramedic. Prior to that, Chief Ward had served as a paramedic in Los Angeles County in the City of La Verne with a private provider. In 1980, Ward left Utah vowing ‘never to return’ as he began a 24-year career with the Chandler Fire Department in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1982 Ward was promoted to Captain and held positions as Hazardous Materials Team Coordinator, Training Officer, Public Information Officer, Battalion Captain and Contract Wildland Fire Services Coordinator. After his promotion to Battalion Chief in 2001, Chief Ward functioned as the Administrative and EMS Division Chief and later as a shift commander.

In January of 2004, Chief Ward was selected to lead the Layton City Fire Department. He has been absolutely thrilled with his return to Utah and thoroughly enjoys the challenges of his position and the change from the desert heat. His goal has been simple: to place Layton Fire Department in the forefront of fire services in the state with an emphasis on safety, training, technology and customer satisfaction.

Chief Ward holds NWCG qualifications as a Type 3 Incident Commander, Task Force Leader and Structural Protection Specialist. He has responded to numerous large scale wildland urban interface fires throughout the western United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration and is currently working toward achieving his Chief Fire Officer Designation. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Firefighters for Christ International. Chief Ward is the immediate past president of the Utah State Fire Chiefs Association. He currently functions as the Assistant State Coordinator for the Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan. Chief Ward is currently the second vice-president of the Utah Emergency Medical Service Directors Association. He and his lovely wife Penni have been blessed with eight wonderful children.

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