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Ankeny Fire Department Administration

Fire Chief James S. Clack

James S. Clack was appointed as the City of Ankeny Fire Chief in June of 2014. He previously had served as the Fire Chief in Baltimore, Maryland for five years. Chief Clack spent the first 22 years of his career in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he started as a firefighter and retired as Fire Chief in 2008.

Chief Clack was the Unified Incident Commander for the Interstate-35W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis on August 1, 2007.  This disaster captured the attention of international media and reporters from around the world were on site the next day.  The response by local fire, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies has been described as a model of effectiveness by many inside and outside of government.

Chief Clack also served in the United States Army Reserve as an Arctic Infantry Scout (11B) in the 205th Infantry Brigade (LT) headquartered at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. The 205th was a round out element for the 6th Infantry Division (Light) in Alaska which served as the only light infantry brigade in the US Army Reserve. Chief Clack is also a private pilot and serves as an ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

Jim is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He also holds an A.S. degree in General Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and B.S. degree in Fire Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University.  He was recently honored as an “Outstanding Alumni” by the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Deputy Chief of Operations Rob Chiappano

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.

Deputy Chief of EMS Frank Prowant

Frank Prowant has been involved in emergency services as a provider, instructor and administrator since 1977. He began his career in 1977 as an EMT with the Savanna Community Ambulance Service located in Savanna, Illinois. He advanced his education to the Paramedic level and is an active EMS Instructor. Frank has functioned as a provider and administrator for public, hospital based, private and fire department based EMS systems. He has significant experience in EMS system design and development. Frank is a certified Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Instructor and Regional Faculty member for Advanced and Basic Life Support programming for the American Heart Association.  He is the committee chair for the Central Iowa EMS Directors Training Committee and Des Moines Metro STEMI Task Force.

Frank attended the University of Iowa and the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resource Center. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Iowa EMS Association, Central Iowa EMS Directors Association and Iowa Department of Public Health System Standards Committee.

Division Chief of Training and Safety Daniel Schellhase

Daniel Schellhase was appointed Ankeny’s Division Chief of Training and Safety in January of 2016. He 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. As a Division Chief he is in charge of the daily, weekly and monthly training programs, as well as coordinating the department’s health and safety programs. Division Chief Schellhase is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and is IFSAC certified in: Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Instructor I & II, Fire Inspector I & II, and Driver Operator Pumper & Aerial. Division Chief Schellhase also is designated as a Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Professional Credentialing.

Dan has his Fire Science Specialist and A.S. in Fire Science from Des Moines Area Community College and his B.S. in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University. He is currently enrolled with Waldorf University for M.A. in Organizational Leadership.

Dan is 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.

Division Chief and Fire Marshal Craig Fraser

Craig Fraser has been with the City of Ankeny for 30 years and a member of the Ankeny Fire Department for 29 years. Craig supervises all fire investigations within the city to help determine origin and cause. As Fire Marshal, he also supervises the Public Education, community safety awareness programs and fire education for elementary-age children, as well as safety programs for young adults and seniors.

Craig worked in the City of Ankeny Planning and Building department as a Senior Code Enforcement Officer for 15 years and inspected single family homes and all commercial buildings constructed in Ankeny. He currently oversees fire and life safety inspections throughout the city for all licensed and unlicensed facilities. As Fire Marshal, Craig functions under the supervision of the Fire Chief as the Fire Code Official for the City of Ankeny.

Craig is a Certified Fire Code Official, Certified Building Official, Certified Building Code Official, Fire Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner, Fire inspector I & II, Building Inspector & UBC Inspector and IAAI FIT Fire Investigation Technician.