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FullSizeRenderFire Chief Russell Shelley joined the Richland Hills Fire Department in November 2014 as a Battalion Chief. He previously served for 17 years with the Colleyville Fire Department and 14 years as a firefighter and officer at several volunteer departments. Chief Shelley has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health/Fire Science from Columbia Southern University; and a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He has also completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and the Certified Public Manager Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Chief Shelley currently holds the following state certifications:

Master Firefighter
Licensed Paramedic
Fire Instructor II
Hazardous Materials Technician
Fire Officer II
Fire Inspector
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