Deputy Chief Michael Gentosi started his career in the fire service as a paid-on-call firefighter for the Grimes Fire & Rescue Department. He served two years as a Captain and three years as an Assistant Chief throughout his paid-on-call tenure. As an Assistant Chief, Gentosi administrated the move to Paramedic level transport for the Grimes Fire & Rescue Department in 2002 as well as served as a key player in both the early and current stages of the joint agreement between Grimes and Johnston.
Deputy Chief Gentosi spent two years full-time for the Waukee Fire Department and over 12 years full-time with the Urbandale Fire Department with over seven years as a Lieutenant. Gentosi started as a full-time Deputy Chief in 2015. He has been a Paramedic since 2000 and holds an Associate’s in Fire Science, Bachelor’s in Fire Administration/Prevention, and a Master’s in Emergency Management. He received the Center for Public Safety Excellence Fire Officer Accreditation in 2012 and will complete the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in the Fall of 2017.