Joplin announces newest Fire Chief

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin announces Gerald Ezell as the new Fire Chief of the city.

Ezell brings more than 33 years of fire service to the community, with 20 of those years spent in Joplin.

“Gerald brings much experience to this position and will be an excellent addition to the City’s management team,” said Joplin City Manager, Gerald Edwards.  “As the City progresses with building Station 7, and addressing numerous actions plans involving the Fire Department, I am confident that he will serve the community well and lead the department with the intention of efficiency and cohesiveness.”

About Fire Chief Ezell

Ezell retired as a Battalion Chief from the Joplin Fire Department in 2010.

During his tenure in the department, he also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Diamond Area Fire Protection District.

Upon his retirement from Joplin, he became the Fire Chief in Diamond and served four years in this role.

Ezell then moved to Maumelle, Arkansas, to serve as their Fire Chief and their emergency management coordinator.

“I am thrilled to be able to come back and continue my service to the citizens of Joplin and continue the rich tradition that the Joplin Fire Department has in providing top-notch customer service,” said Ezell.

Chief Ezell’s appointment will begin Monday, February 7, 2022. He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Gabrielle and Kayla, and a son, Smoke.


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