Leadership

  1. Rob Chiappano

    Deputy Chief - Operations, Training and Safety
    Phone: 515-965-6477

    Rob Chiappano has been with the Ankeny Fire Department since 2006. He originally started as the Division Chief of Training and Safety and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2008. Prior to coming to Ankeny, Rob spent approximately 15 years just outside the city of Chicago where he was a member of both a career full-time department, and a member of a combination department employing both part-time and full-time staff. He is a nationally certified paramedic and holds numerous certifications in firefighting, incident command, and hazardous materials. Rob was a tactical paramedic and operated on a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team for 8 years.

    Rob is a member of the Iowa Professional Fire Chiefs Association, Polk County Fire Chiefs Association, and Central Iowa Emergency Medical Services Training and Operations Committee. He is also a certified instructor for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and teaches classes at Des Moines Area Community College.


  1. Dan Schellhase

    Division Chief - Operations, Training and Safety
    Phone: 515-965-6473

    Daniel Schellhase began his career with the Ankeny Fire Department as a paid-on-call member in 2005 as a Firefighter / Paramedic. He was promoted to the ranks of Fire Engineer, Fire Lieutenant, and Training Officer before being appointed as Division Chief in 2016. Division Chief Schellhase is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is designated as a Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Professional Credentialing. Chief Schellhase holds an A.S. in Fire Science from Des Moines Area Community College, a B.S. in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University, and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University.

    Division Chief Schellhase is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and holds numerous certifications in firefighting, incident command, and hazardous materials. Chief Schellhase is also a member of the Iowa Professional Fire Chief's Association, Polk County (Iowa) Fire Chief's Association, Fire Department's Safety Officer Association, Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association, and Central Iowa Emergency Medical Services Directors Training Committee.


  1. Adam Vander Leest

    Division Chief of Community Risk Reduction - Fire Marshal
    Phone: 515-965-6475

    Adam Vander Leest has been with the City of Ankeny since 2009. He started as a firefighter/paramedic and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2017. In 2018 with the creation of shift commanders he was promoted to the rank of captain to fill one of the new positions. Prior to Ankeny, he had worked for the Polk City Fire Department and held the rank of Assistant Chief. In January 2022, with the retirement of Craig Fraser, Adam was promoted to the rank of Division Chief Community Risk Reduction / Fire Marshal.

    Chief Vander Leest has an associate of arts degree in aviation management from Iowa Central Community College and is a commercially rated pilot. Chief Vander Leest also holds a bachelor of science degree in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University. Chief Vander Leest is a nationally registered paramedic, arson investigator, and Inspector I and II and has numerous certifications in firefighting. Chief Vander Leest will supervise all fire investigations within the city to determine the cause and origin. As the Fire Marshal, he will supervise public education, community safety awareness programs, fire education for elementary-age children as well as safety programs for young adults and seniors. Chief Vander Leest supervises inspectors and fire and life safety inspections throughout the city for all licensed and unlicensed facilities. As Fire Marshal, he functions under the supervision of the Fire Chief as the Fire Code Official for the City of Ankeny.