President and Chairman of the Board

Richard R. Carrizzo, CFO
Fire Chief, Southern Platte Fire Protection District (Mo.)

Chief Richard CarrizzoChief Carrizzo is the Fire Chief of Southern Platte Fire Protection District and serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs during the 2020-2021 term. Southern Platte FPD is a growing department serving nearly 40,000 people in 77 square miles. The district serves three municipalities and unincorporated portions of Platte County adjoining the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The District also provides a full service contract to an additional city. Since his appointment to Fire Chief in 1995, he has successfully managed the transition from an all-volunteer, to a combination, to a fully career department with 41 personnel, operating out of four stations.

Active in local, state and national fire service professional organizations, Chief Carrizzo served as President of the Heart of America Metro Fire Chief's Council, is an advisory board member for the community college's fire science program, is an executive Board member for two regional fire chief associations, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He currently serves his community as an active Boy Scout leader, past Chairman of the YMCA Community Mission Board of Directors and served as Chairman for a for-profit company.

Regional collaboration is very important and he serves on the Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) Public Safety Communications Board as one of two metro fire chief representatives coordinating and setting policy for the entire 9-1-1 system in the nine counties and 120 cities within the metropolitan, bi-state region of Kansas City. He also serves on the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC) within MARC, since 2002 as one of the fire representatives. He also serves on the Executive Policy Committee to set policy for the operations and future of RHSCC.

Academically, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, an Associate degree in Applied Science in Fire Science and is a graduate of NFA Executive Fire Officer Program. In 2001, he received his Chief Fire Officer Designation from Commission of Professional Credentialing (previously, CFAI) and has been re-designated every three years. He is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Defense and Security. He also holds the designation of MIFireE. Chief Carrizzo is married to Jennifer and they have three children.

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