Gary Curmode has served as fire chief of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 for the nearly 18 years, directing 143 paid personnel and a $16.5 million budget. He supervises fire prevention, the emergency medical service system, fleet maintenance, fire suppression, and public education/fire investigation.
Curmode is a member of the Firefighter Safety Study Act Committee, USFA; the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Missouri Valley Division of Fire Chiefs (serving as 1st Vice-President currently), and the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs. He was past president of the Kansas Professional Fire Chiefs for 8 years.
Curmode completed his Chief Fire Officer designation in April, 2001, renewed the 5th time in January, 2013; Chief Medical Officer in 2009; Executive Fire Officer (NFA) graduate in 1991; served as a peer reviewer and commissioner for career departments since 2003; his department achieved accreditation in 2003 and again in 2008. Chief Curmode was awarded his Chief Training Officer on December 27, 2012.
As a CFAI/CPSE peer assessor, Chief Curmode has assessed 27 departments for Accreditation, serving as team leader in 21of them. He was awarded the prestigious Ray Picard Award in 2006, and the Ambassador Award for CPSE in 2010.
Curmode was part of the original committee that formed the Wichita-Sedgwick County Hazardous Materials Task Force in December, 1981. His professional background includes over 30 years of emergency response to incidents in hazardous materials/technical rescue, and all-hazard response. He is also an adjunct professor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
Curmode has an AA degree in fire science, a BA degree in secondary education, and a dual master’s degree in Administration of Justice and Public Administration. In 2006, Chief Curmode attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and became a Harvard Fellow, attending the Senior Executives in Local and State Government.
He has 3 children: Rory, Mogie and Kasey.