Dennis Reilly is a forty-eight-year fire service veteran currently serving as the Fire Chief in Pittsburg, Kansas. Prior to his current position, he was the Fire Chief in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, an Assistant Chief in North Carolina & California and he retired as a Battalion Chief in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. During his time in New Jersey, Dennis became one of the original members of the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1. As part of Task Force 1, Chief Reilly made several deployments, including New York City as part of the response to the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11.
Chief Reilly holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Penn State University and is a CFO. An accomplished author and lecturer, Chief Reilly is active in numerous professional development activities within the fire service.
Outside of his fire service career, Dennis is a US Army veteran having served in Iraq during the Operation Desert Storm. From 2007 – 2010, he worked as an independent contractor providing protective services to several different government clients in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chief Reilly has been married to his wife Ann for over 35 years. They have two adult children, and three grandchildren.