Springfield Fire Chief David Hall will join Missouri State University as its first emergency preparedness manager on Feb. 1. He will manage planning, budgeting, training and programming related to emergency preparedness and response functions at the university.
“In a pool of outstanding candidates, David’s history of successfully leading the Springfield Fire Department and extensive knowledge of emergency services made him a logical choice for the new position,” said Matt Morris, Missouri State vice president for administrative services. “His familiarity and existing relationships within the City of Springfield and Springfield/Greene County office of emergency management will ensure a coordinated approach to emergency management.”
Hall has strong connections with city, county
Hall has worked for the Springfield Fire Department for 27 years, serving as fire chief since 2009. He has been actively involved in the community, including serving as chairman of the Greene County 911 Advisory Board.
“The City of Springfield and the fire department are such great places to work; however, after serving for nearly 28 years, I couldn’t resist joining the team at Missouri State,” said Hall. “I have worked closely with Missouri State over the years and have seen firsthand their commitment to campus safety. The opportunity to serve as the emergency preparedness manager seemed like a natural progression for me both personally and professionally.”
Hall is a leader in emergency preparedness and operations. He is an intelligence liaison officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Information Analysis Center, a member of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee and secretary of the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs.
“Chief David Hall has done a terrific job as fire chief in Springfield,” said Springfield City Manager Greg Burris. “He has received many recognitions and awards for his service. David is a natural leader within our community who was recently awarded the O. Franklin Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership, Leadership Springfield’s highest honor.
“While we hate to lose David as our fire chief, we are happy that he will remain in our community and be able to offer services to Missouri State University. Our loss is their gain.”
Background also includes teaching
Over the last 20 years, Hall has taught courses at Missouri State, University of Missouri – Fire Training and the National Fire Academy. He completed the Executive Leaders Program at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense Studies and the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University.