Bend Announces New Fire Chief

Bend Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Todd Riley Wednesday was named the sixth Fire Chief in the department’s 100-year-history.

Riley will replace Chief Larry Langston, who is retiring in October.

Todd Riley

“It is an honor to be selected to serve our community in this new role,” Riley said. “I am excited to build on the innovative work started by Chief Langston and to continue to improve the service we provide our growing community.”

According to a news release from the city, Riley has more than 20 years in fire service with 16 of them at Bend Fire and Rescue.  He became a full time firefighter with Bend Fire and Rescue in 2002, after previously serving as a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Sacramento. 

He was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2006, named Fire Captain in 2013 and was named Battalion Chief in 2016. Last year he completed completed the necessary components of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

“Battalion Chief Riley has the skills, heart and tenacity that will provide strong leadership,” said City Manager Eric King. “Most importantly, he has a fierce commitment to the people we’re sworn to serve.”




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