Fire Chief Steve Moody
Chief Moody began with the El Dorado Fire Department in October of 2013. Steve began his adventure in the fire service as a firefighter with Salina Fire Department in 1978. He worked up through the ranks and served as Deputy Chief from 1996 until his departure in 2006. Steve then went on to be the Fire Chief for the Leavenworth Fire Department from 2006 until 2009. In 2009 Steve moved west to become the Emergency Service Director for Stafford County until 2013.
Chief Moody was born and raised in Salina Kansas. After graduating from Salina Central High School Chief attended Hutchinson Community College completing an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services, where he obtained his Paramedic certification. Chief Moody continued his education attending K-State completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management in 2001. Chief Moody is also a Certified Public Manager, Certified Emergency Manager, and has completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
Chief Moody married his high school sweetheart, Rosie. They have been married for 37 years but together for 42 years. They have two sons Matthew and Weston. Their oldest, Matthew is married to his wife Erin and they have two children Macoy and Vienna. Weston, the youngest is married to his wife Kiely and they have two children as well, Amaia and Grayson.
Chief Moody, while very involved with various emergency service organizations and committees, he likes to spend his down time visiting his children and spending time with his grandchildren. In his spare time Chief likes to do carpentry work and welding.
Chief recalled one of the memorable moments in the fire service being a fire at the St. Johns Academy in Salina. At this particular fire he had the opportunity to climb a Bangor Ladder, which is a 50ft. ladder that uses stay-poles to stabilize it when extended because of its great height. He also recalled how they made an aggressive fire attack only to find that there was a common attic that contributed to the rapid fire growth. The crews eventually had to back out and go defensive. All that excitement and it was only his first week on the Salina Fire Department!
Chief describes one of his greatest career accomplishments as being able to be successful in four different agencies; Salina, Leavenworth, Stafford County and El Dorado Fire Departments. Another great accomplishment Chief recalled is the completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.
One of the most challenging aspects of his career is working with the three groups here within the El Dorado Fire Department; the paid officers, the volunteers/ reserves, and the students.
Thank you Chief for all you do!