Fire Chief, City of Layton
Kevin Ward has been serving as the Fire chief for Layton City, Utah since 2004. Prior to that, Chief Ward served over 23 years with the Chandler Fire Department, rising through the ranks and retiring as a Battalion Chief. He served as a company officer for 18 years, as well as the Hazardous Materials Team Coordinator for over 10 years. Chief Ward started his emergency services career in Los Angeles County in 1977, graduating from Daniel Freeman Paramedic School, working in the City of La Verne for a private EMS provider. He has served two terms as President of the Utah State Fire Chiefs Association, and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Utah Joint Council of Fire Services Organizations. Chief Ward is an adjunct faculty member for Utah Valley University’s Fire & Rescue Academy (UFRA), serving as a Command Training Center and Fire Officer instructor since 2006. He is a member of the Fire Shows West Educational Committee, is a regular attender of the National Fire Academy, and former Chair of the Utah Fire Officer Designation Program. He is serving in his fourth term as an “at large” elected member of the Board of Trustees for the Weber Fire District, and is the current Board Chair. Chief Ward has a BA in Fire Service Administration, and has held National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications as a Type 3 Incident Commander, Strike Team leader, and Structure Protection Specialist.