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Posted on: January 3, 2023

McKinney Fire Chief announces retirement, nationwide search to begin for a replacement

Chief Kistner has been with the city since 2011

McKINNEY, Texas (Jan. 3, 2023) – Fire Chief Danny Kistner has announced his retirement after 11 years with the City of McKinney Fire Department. His final day with the city will be Jan. 30.

“We are sincerely grateful for the years of service Chief Kistner has given to this city. He helped modernize and grow our Fire Department to a large, 11-station metropolitan department that is truly best in class. For that, he has much to be proud of, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said City Manager Paul Grimes.

“At the height of the pandemic, the McKinney Fire Department, under the steady leadership and guidance of Chief Kistner, joined the effort to vaccinate the public because there was a deep need to get shots to our most vulnerable citizens as quickly as possible. They administered more than 60,000 life-saving shots, giving countless people hope from the terrible disease. For that, and for his many other contributions to the community, we cannot thank him enough,” said Mayor George Fuller.

The city will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement in the coming weeks.


Letter from the Chief to the Fire Department

Dear McKinney Fire Department,

One of the proudest moments for me as Fire Chief, and there were many, was the MFD response to the 2020 COVID pandemic. You provided PPE to long-term care facilities and other agencies that lacked supplies. You provided over 18,000 COVID tests to the region’s long-term care facilities. You assisted in the State Operations Center. You assisted in the regional DDC. You provided decontamination services to city facilities and, when needed, stepped up to provide nearly 60,000 COVID vaccinations to some of the most vulnerable populations in the community. Stepping up to protect the community in times of greatest need is what we do.

We have accomplished a lot over the past 11 ½ years. The Department has grown to just shy of 250 full-time employees, three new fire stations were added with sites secured for two more, and the design for a new headquarters and logistics campus is complete. Our Public Protection Classification improved to a 1, and we are recognized as one of the Texas Best Practice Fire Departments.

We grew to two battalions operationally, and our FMO is a model organization for the State. We added a Logistics Division and warehouse and increased administrative staff. A novel community healthcare program was launched, one of the first fire-based programs in the nation, that has touched and improved hundreds of our citizens’ lives. We are one of the few programs that enjoy the utilization of a nurse practitioner and are only scratching the surface of that potential.

We have accomplished much more than can be described in this summary. We have a lot to be proud of. MFD is regarded as a leader in the industry and will continue to grow and prosper in the years ahead.

Thank you, and stay safe!

Danny Kistner

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