MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION
Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
785-296-3403
jill.p.bronaugh@ks.gov
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Press Releases

Welcome to Randy Hill, Search & Rescue Coordinator

Kevin Doel | Dec 16, 2015

Randy HillRandy Hill has joined the staff of OSFM’s Emergency Response Division as Search & Rescue Coordinator. In May of this year, the Office of the State Fire Marshal officially became the coordinating agency in charge of the Kansas Search and Rescue response program. Randy will be the point person for this program, working closely with Division Chief Hank DuPont to ensure the state is adequately prepared to respond to any kind of disaster in which search and rescue efforts are required.

Randy retired from the Leawood, Kansas Fire Department in 2012 after 32 years of service. He retired with the rank of Deputy Chief. In 2012, he launched a non-profit organization called Midwest Search & Rescue, which provides disaster response training and exercises for local fire departments and first responders.

A resident of Lenexa, Kansas, Randy and his wife Marlynda have three adult children and four grandchildren. Together, the Hills have owned a childcare center in Shawnee for the past 20 years.

Randy enjoys being active and staying fit through weight lifting and running. His hobbies include water sports, rappelling and caving.

He is looking forward to the challenges ahead, saying there is “much work to be done to lay the groundwork for an efficient Search and Rescue program in Kansas.”

“I have been working with search and rescue resources in the state for several years, and the one thing we’ve lacked is the leadership from the top,” Randy says. “Now that the Office of the State Fire Marshal is coordinating the Search and Rescue program in the state, we have that leadership and I’m looking forward to working with agencies and Fire Departments across the state to provide the training and credentialing necessary to be prepared for when disaster strikes.”