Personnel

The Owensboro Fire Department is directed by Chief Steve Mitchell. Chief Mitchell began his Fire Service career in Illinois in the early 80’s rising through the ranks. Chief Mitchell joined OFD as Chief in August 2008 after serving five years as a Fire Chief in Northeast Iowa. Chief Mitchell has a B.A.with emphasis on Fire Service Administration, has completed graduate work in Human Resource and Organizational Development, and holds Fire Officer, Emergency Management, and Certified Fire Protection Specialist certifications. He has worked in a variety of areas within the Fire Service including emergency services, hazardous materials, training and prevention. Chief Mitchell is assisted by Assistant Chief Bill Van Winkle and Battalion Chiefs Robert Carter and Byron McDonald. Each of these shift commanders are responsible for one crew.

Personnel in the Training Division and in the Fire Prevention/Inspection Division work 40-hour weeks.
Battalion Chief David McCrady directs the Training and Safety Division, and is assisted by Fire Instructor Chris Belcher.
Battalion Chief Steve Leonard directs the Fire Prevention and Community Services Division. The Fire inspector for the O.F.D. is Inspector Joe Taylor. Fire Instructor Chris Belcher also acts as the OFD EMS Coordinator