Ryan Hall named Chapman Fire Chief

By Carol Lacer
Chapman News Times – February 23, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – March 3, 2017

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Ryan Hall has been named Chief of the Chapman City Fire Department, after serving as interim fire chief since September of last year.

Hall has been a volunteer firefighter for the City of Chapman for eight years this March, and was recommended for appointment as chief by his fellow firefighters. The city council approved the recommendation at the February council meeting.

“Ryan has been a member in good standing of the Chapman Fire Department for many years,” said interim city administrator Jay Newton.

Chief Hall said he has always been interested in being a firefighter, but Chapman was the first department he served. He also served six and a half years on the Dickinson County Fire Department during his time with Chapman.

“I always wanted to do that,” Hall said. “I’m not from the area, but when I got the city job, the director mentioned it, saying they needed people, so I gave it a try.”

It turned out to be a good fit, and Hall has enjoyed serving in this way. Hall was employed with the City of Chapman public works for seven and a half years, and currently is employed at Fort Riley.

Three years ago he extended his service with the fire department to include an EMT license so he could also work as a first responder.

“I wanted to help out in the community more,” Hall said.

He said only three on the fire department are currently trained as an EMT.

“It’s not a requirement, but definitely encouraged,” Hall said. “The more first responders we have, the better.”

Hall said his top priority is to serve the community and to make it as safe as possible. “And the protection of life and property in the community, looking out for my team of firefighters from Chapman and other areas, and making sure we can serve and protect,” Hall said.

Currently there are 10 volunteer firefighters, but Hall would like to see that number increase.

“A full roster is from 13-15, so we’ve lost a few in the last several months from people retiring and relocating. It would be nice if we had some new recruits,” Hall said.

Firefighters respond to an average of 2-3 calls a month, plus one meeting a month, unless something special is taking place, Hall said, but added that EMTs might get 2-3 calls per week.

“We are running a lot, but I’m glad we can help,” Hall said. “We can’t make it to every call, but if we had more first responder EMTs, we could make even more, or double up.”

He said with the local ambulance coming from Abilene, there is a 10-15 minute response time, but first responders in the area can get there within 3-4 minutes.

“That’s really nice and good for the community,” Hall said.

Hall said firefighters deal with structural fires, vehicle fires, carbon monoxide detection calls, and fire alarms, to name a few.

“We also want to be involved in the community,” Hall said.

They do programs for fire prevention month at the schools, host Touch-a-Truck on Labor Day and other things to get to know the kids and community members.

“I’d like to do more, we all would like to do more, but it is a volunteer thing, so it’s hard to get us together at the same time as a group,” Hall said.

Hall and his wife, Nicole, have three children, ages 2, 6, and 9, who attend school in Chapman.

Family time is important to Hall, and his children enjoy coming to the station and hanging out with their dad when the trucks are being washed.

“They understand this is my passion and what I want to do, and when the call goes out, it’s time to stop and do what I need to do,” Hall said.

Hall is honored to be named chief of the department.

“It’s such an honor,” Hall said. “I hope to lead the firefighting team in the community and do our jobs to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can.”

 

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