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Division Chief Brad Goodroad Named Chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue

Division Chief Brad Goodroad has been named the new Chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue by Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether.

“I was extremely confident about finding our new Fire Rescue Chief from within, and that has been reaffirmed in a big way. Our bench is a deep one!” says Mayor Mike Huether. “Division Chief Brad Goodroad is a proven leader, and I have no doubt he will take Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to an even higher level of performance as our new Chief.”

Goodroad began his career with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in January 1994, serving as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator, Captain, Battalion Chief, Battalion Chief of Training, and Division Chief. During his tenure, Goodroad has led incident command in fire, rescue, and emergency medical services; been responsible for all aspects of the department’s training program and health and safety program; provided senior leadership for the department’s community partnerships; was instrumental in the creation and development of the department’s fitness programs and standards; and more.

Goodroad has a Master of Science degree in administrative studies from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, and is credentialed with the Chief Fire Officer designation.

The Chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue position is appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of the City Council. A panel of three City Directors and one citizen representative interviewed all eight internal applicants and selected three top candidates who were interviewed by the Mayor.

“Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s mission is to save lives and protect property, and we do that better than 99 percent of all fire departments in the country. That standard of excellence and track record of reliable service is our continued commitment to this community, and I am so honored to lead this incredible team of men and women,” says Goodroad.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s ISO Class 1 designation and accreditation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence makes the department one of only 35 fire departments in the nation with both of these amazing achievements. This puts Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in the top 0.07 percent of all fire departments in the country.