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Oklahoma City Fire Department
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
19 years
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
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Topics you provide training for:
Basic Fire Academy
Technical Rescue
RIT - saving our own
Command and Control
Areas of expertise:
I love all areas of the fire service and I continue to learn everyday. I do not have a specifc area of expertise but I am a tech rescue junky. I am also a Task Force Leader for OK-TF1.
District Chief Richard Kelley has been a member of the Oklahoma City Fire Department since 1991. He promoted through the ranks in suppression having held positions as Sgt., Lt. Captain, Special Operations Coordinator, Technical Rescue Station Officer, Ride-out Officer for Battalion Chief 604 and he is currently District Chief 603B. He is a Fire Instructor Level II, EMTD, HazMat Technician, Rescue Technician, Dive Team Member and OK-TF1 Task Force Leader.

Chief Kelley is currently an adjunct instructor for Eastern Oklahoma County Vo-Tech Fire Training Academy and a Professor for EMS Operations at Oklahoma City Community College. He was the Captain/Major of the year in 2005 and Major of Special Operations in the Work Section of the Year in 2006.

Chief Kelley has a degree in Municipal Fire Protection from Oklahoma State University. He also has attended the National Fire Academy for Incident Management Training in Target Hazards, Natural and Manmade Disasters, and Multiple Alarm Incidents.

Chief Kelley is also a proud member of the Mid-America FOOLS and IAFF Local 157.
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At 4:13pm on April 7, 2008, Ryan Lawson said…
Hey brother! I wanted to thank you again for coming up on Saturday. Your experience and knowledge was a big addition to the class.
At 4:54pm on April 4, 2008, Mike Walker said…
The Irving Tx. Fire Department called, they want their logo back...... Plagerists.
At 3:16pm on April 3, 2008, JD Dulworth said…
It looks real good!!
At 10:43am on April 3, 2008, Scott Richardson said…
Hey Chief,

I just saw your photo of the "trench oops" Great shot! I am in the process of authoring a book on trench rescue for Thomson Delmar. the text manuscript is done and now I am onto the fun part of putting all the images together. I have about 1000 but am always looking for more. If you have any you think would be good I would be happy to add the appropriate photo credits, etc. The book is 11 chapters and includes chapters like the Anatomy of a Trench and Physiology of Trench Collapse as well as Leadership, etc.

Any input or images is always welcome. So if you haven't seen things in a book on trench rescue you would like to, it's not too late but let me know quick!

Thanks...BE SAFE!!!
At 8:59am on April 3, 2008, Rick Fisher said…
You know the usual do this and do that
At 9:18pm on April 1, 2008, JD Dulworth said…
YO, D***! who did your artwork?
At 6:32pm on March 31, 2008, Marion F. Blackwell, Jr. said…
I am glad you enjoyed them. We will be brining a variety of speakers in over the next year. I hope you will have the opportunity to join us again. Be safe and EGH.
At 12:39pm on March 30, 2008, Roger Yow said…
Brother Kelly,
We will keep fighting for our firefighters here against the entrenched good ole boys. We will win because we have the truth on our side. We have a brother that needs help here. 49 yrs old and dying of cancer. Please ask all your brothers and sisters to go to our website and help if they can. Stay safe brother.
At 8:10pm on March 27, 2008, James Ricci Jr. said…
Are you going to FDIC? in indianappolis? If you are I'll be selling the last chance rescue filter at the PB&R booth. Stop by and say hello.
At 7:18am on March 27, 2008, Brian Arnold said…
Ha got scolded by Dad for not using your full name...Love the artwork though. I think you should list your full name and all alias' that you have ever gone by in the past.


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