Meet the Chiefs
Fire Chief: David Hall, EFO, CFO, MiFireE
David Hall has served as the City of Springfield’s Fire Chief since December 21, 2009. He is a 24-year veteran of the Department, having started as a Firefighter and working his way up through the ranks to his current position. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Missouri State University where he currently teaches in the Management Department. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute and has been a contributing author of various books through Jones and Bartlett Publishers. David is active in Leadership Springfield, Code 3 SERTOMA, and other non-profits organizations.
Assistant Fire Chief of Operations: David Pennington, CFO, MiFireE
David Pennington has served as Assistant Fire Chief of the Operations Division for the Fire Department since January 2010. He is a 15-year veteran of the Department and has served as Firefighter, Rescue Salvage Specialist, Truck Captain, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Special Operations Chief. He has a Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS)from Missouri State University and is a Chief Fire Officer Designee (CFOD) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Assistant Fire Chief of Prevention: Randy Villines
Randy Villines served as Co-Interim Fire Chief with David Hall in June 2009 during the search process for a new Fire Chief. Villines was named Assistant Chief for the Fire Prevention Division in 2007. He is a 20-year veteran of the Department and has served as Firefighter, Equipment Operator, Truck Captain, Fire Captain, Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University with an emphasis in Fire Prevention Technology.
Assistant Fire Chief of Training: Andy Woody, CTO
Andy Woody was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Training Division July 31, 2011. He is a 15-year veteran of the Department and has served as Firefighter, Training Captain, Truck Captain, Fire Captain, and Special Operations Battalion Chief. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an AAS degree in Fire Science. Chief Woody is a Chief Training Officer Designee (CTO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.