Chief Rich began his fire service journey in 1984 as a volunteer firefighter with the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department in Wake County. He was appointed as Chief of Department in 1996 and currently holds that position today.
He is also a career member of the City of Raleigh Fire Department where he began his career in 1989. He currently is a Battalion Chief and has previously served within the department’s Training Division, as the Hazardous Materials Team Coordinator, and as part of the command staff as the department’s Safety Officer.
Chief Rich is a member of the Piedmont N.C. Firefighter’s Association and serves as the Southern Director. He also is the NCSFA appointee to the N.C. Regional Response Hazmat Team Advisory Board. Locally, he is a member of the Wake Technical Community College Fire Protection Curriculum Advisory Board, has served on the Wake County Fire Commission, and Wake County Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors.
He has a Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Durham Technical Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Mount Olive University, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). Chief Rich is also a certified Fire Officer III, Instructor III, and Hazardous Materials Specialist; and enjoys teaching fire service courses across the state.
Chief Rich resides in southern Granville County with his wife Leigh; and their three children: Abby, Hannah, and Joshua.