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Joplin, MO, Fire Chief Will Now Head Temple Fire Department

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Chief Mitch Randles/Photo Courtesy: City of Temple Chief Mitch Randles/Photo Courtesy: City of Temple
(KCEN) -- The City of Temple announced Saturday Joplin, Missouri Fire Chief Mitch Randles has accepted the position as the next Fire Chief of the City of Temple.

Chief Randles has 30 years of experience serving in the fire and emergency field. He has served as Joplin's fire chief since Oct. 2010.

While in Joplin, Randles led the search and rescue efforts following the devastating May 2011 Joplin tornado disaster that left over 150 residents dead, injured more than a thousand and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Randles also directed the design and construction of three fire stations in Joplin, two of which were destroyed by the 2011 EF-5 tornado.

In a statement released Saturday by the City of Temple City Manager David Blackburn said he was very pleased to see Randles coming to Temple.

"Chief Randles brings a wealth of experience to our city and our Fire and Rescue public safety services and I look forward to working with him," the statement read.

Randles also said in the statement he was looking forward to serving the Department and the community.

"This is an exciting time," said Randles. "For both myself and my family as we start a new chapter of our lives in Temple."

The position has been vacant since 2013 after Fire Chief Lonzo Wallace retired in 2013.

Chief Randles will start the position on August 4th.


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