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Lenexa names new Fire Chief

Lenexa names new Fire Chief
Posted on 12/16/2019
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After rising through the ranks of the Lenexa Fire Department for 25 years, Travis Vaughn has been appointed to serve as the new Fire Chief for the City of Lenexa.

Vaughn will begin his new role on December 21. His appointment follows the retirement of Fire Chief Lonny Owens.

“I have great confidence that Travis will excel in this new role,” said Lenexa City Manager Beccy Yocham. “He cares deeply about the City of Lenexa and will do an exceptional job leading this important department that provides vital services for our community.”

“I am extremely humbled to be given the opportunity to serve the Lenexa community as its Fire Chief,” said Vaughn. “I’m excited to continue to carry forward our commitment to excellence with a team of people who are the best in the business.”

Vaughn has served in almost every capacity with the Lenexa Fire Department. He began his career with the City of Lenexa as a Firefighter I and was promoted to positions including Fire Captain, Battalion Chief of Operations, Battalion Chief of Emergency Medical Services, Division Chief of Administration and Deputy Fire Chief.

In his role as Fire Chief, Vaughn will lead 94 personnel in the Fire Department and serve on the executive leadership team for the City of Lenexa.

Vaughn has studied fire administration from Columbia Southern University in Alabama. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy and the United States Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer program. He is also a graduate of the Kansas Certified Public Manager program and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lenexa program. Vaughn was deployed to Greensburg, Kansas, following the EF5 tornado strike, was project lead for a comprehensive department policy manual update process, and was a key contributor to the Fire Department’s self-assessment manual during the accreditation process. Additionally, he was appointed as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council.

The Lenexa Fire Department is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and has earned an elite Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 rating. The Lenexa Fire Department is one of 84 agencies to have earned CFAI accreditation and an ISO Class 1 rating.


Published December 16, 2019