Elizabeth C. “Tammy” Snow has served the Wichita Fire Department as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations since 2012. She manages the day-to-day Emergency Operations of the largest fire department in the State of Kansas. The department includes 419 commissioned personnel operating from 22 fire stations.
Deputy Chief Snow began her fire service career in 1988 as a firefighter, working through the ranks to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, division chief, and deputy chief. She is directly responsible for the organization of an annual regional fire school, Wichita HOT (www.wichitahot.com), which continues to grow each year since its inception in 2006 and is recognized as the premier fire school in the Midwest. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the department’s Fire Explorer and Honor Guard programs. She is very active in the community and holds numerous positions on a variety of community service executive boards. She is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Kansas Fire Chiefs Association, Sedgwick County Fire Chiefs Association, Ks-FORCe and plays a key role in the organization of the yearly Kansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial that is hosted each October in Wichita, Kansas.
She has been recognized for her commitment to the community by receiving the Excellence in Public Service Award (2007) by the Devore Foundation. Snow has a Bachelors and Masters degree in education from Wichita State University. Prior to joining the fire service, she taught and coached at the secondary level for eight years where she was awarded several teaching and coaching accolades. Deputy Chief Snow is also a graduate of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs.