Temple Names New Fire Chief

Joplin, Mo. Fire Chief Mitch Randles, who headed search and rescue efforts after the May 2011 Joplin tornado, has been selected as Temple’s new fire chief.

Joplin, Mo., Fire Chief Mitch Randles (City photo)

TEMPLE (June 1, 2014) Mitch Randles, who headed search and rescue efforts after the powerful tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., in May 2011 as fire chief there, will take over the reins of Temple Fire & Rescue this summer.

He will succeed longtime Fire Chief Lonzo Wallace, who retired late last year.

“I am very pleased to see Chief Randles coming to Temple,” said City Manager David Blackburn.

“Chief Randles brings a wealth of experience to our City and our Fire & Rescue public safety services and I look forward to working with him,” he said.

Randles has served as fire chief in Joplin since October 2010, managing 96 personnel and six fire stations.

He has served nearly 30 years in fire and emergency medical services.

His first day on the job will be Aug. 4.


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