Behind the Badge: Meet Fire Chief David Hall

Published 07/25 2014 08:34PM

Updated 07/25 2014 08:58PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Fire Chief David Hall's decisions impact the safety of our community.

It's a responsibility he assumes each day when he puts on the uniform.

In his decades in the fire service, Hall has filled just about every role from firefighter to administrator.

He hopes it's that background which helps him lead in this community.

Hall vividly recalls the moment decades ago when he decided to enter the fire service.

“One of our best friend's house just outside of Mountain Grove, which is where we lived, their house caught on fire,” he says. “They lost everything they had and I felt so helpless about that. So I went down and joined the fire department and got my start there.”

Hall moved from Mountain Grove to Logan-Rogersville, where he spent a year on the line.

Then he landed a job in Springfield and has moved up within this department for the last 25 years.

“There are only two positions I’ve never filled within it,” says Hall. “That was good for me, kind of gave me a well-balanced perspective of what goes on.”

Hall remembers what he says has been the most rewarding in his career as a fire fighter.

“I made a rescue a number of years ago with someone I know would have died in a fire,” he says. “We were able to pull them out. It's an absolutely exhilarating feeling.”

Even though he's not saving people on the line anymore, Hall says he feels he is still making a positive difference helping guide the next generation of fire fighters. And part of that is putting a focus on education.

“And training both,” he says. “Because I know with education and training it gets people to think and look at things differently.”

Hall holds an MBA from Missouri Sate University and teaches business classes in his free time.

“I've been doing that for 11 years now at MSU,” says Hall. “Absolutely love working with the college students.”

Hall encourages those he manages to pursue their degrees.

“Maybe that's why I’m so big into education,” he says. “I've had great teachers that's made a difference in my life and that's why I enjoy teaching whether it's children or college students or in the fire service.”

Hall says he hopes to leave a legacy in the department when he retires years from now.

“It's been a long and fun career I have to say,” he says. “You know, whenever I’ve been gone for 15 years and it's people who haven't worked with me, it's just what they have heard about me. That's what they'll be saying is he really raised the bar on the fire department and moved us to a really first-class, high level where we're really doing what needs to be done within the community.”

Hall recently helped develop a program in Springfield to encourage businesses to get employees trained in CPR.

Already several local companies have joined the effort.

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