Wichita Fire Department appoints new Deputy Fire Chief
The Wichita Fire Department promoted Elizabeth Snow to Deputy Fire Chief of Emergency Operations.
Snow, who joined the department in 1988, had served as acting deputy fire chief since October. She joins Wichita Fire Deparment Chief Ron Blackwell and Ronald Aaron, the Deputy Fire Chief for Support Services, on the WFD leadership team.
Known as Tammy, Snow has served as a WFD lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and fire division chief shift commander. Snow is the highest-ranking female firefighter in the 126-year history of the department.
“Tammy is one of the hardest working, conscientious and dedicated public safety servants I have ever known,” Blackwell said in a news release. “Her career in public safety has been stellar and I am very pleased to make this announcement.”
In her new role, Snow will be responsible for the day-to-day direction of emergency services including medical emergencies, fires, hazardous materials and rescue team operations. Blackwell said her direction will be critical to the 12 battalion chiefs and 22 city fire stations.