Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has a new assistant chief. But Todd Farley plans to stay in the position only a few months.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 has a new assistant chief. But Todd Farley plans to stay in the position only a few months.

That is because Farley will be promoted to chief when longtime Chief Rick Huhn retires at the end of September.

For now, Farley is working with Huhn as he prepares for the transition.

“Right now, it’s really a learning period,” Farley said.

Fire District No. 1 provides fire department services to the city of Lansing and Delaware and High Prairie townships.

The department employs full-time firefighters but also utilizes the services of volunteer firefighters.

Farley was sworn in as the new assistant chief Monday during a meeting of the district’s Board of Directors.

The board hired Farley with the idea of him working with Huhn to transition into the chief’s position.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Farley said.

He said Huhn has a lot of institutional knowledge about the department.

Farley said he has been impressed with the level of professionalism of the members Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1.

Farley, 49, said fire service was a calling for him.

He said firefighting is the only job in which the mission every day is to help others.

Farley grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri, and became a volunteer firefighter when he was still a junior in high school.

He has held positions with various fire departments including an earlier stint as fire chief of Fulton, Missouri.

For the last 1.5 years, he has worked as the operations chief for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

Farley said he was familiar with Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 before he applied for the assistant chief’s position.

He visited the department’s Lansing fire station about 17 years ago as an instructor for training.

Farley said the chief’s position will require him to be more than an administrator. He will be responding to calls with the other firefighters.

“That’s what really excited me about this job,” he said.

Huhn will retire Sept. 29.

Huhn said he has asked Farley if he can continue serving Fire District No. 1 after his retirement as a volunteer.

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