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Welcome, Chief Tami Kayea!
The Town of Sunnyvale's new Fire Chief was officially sworn in Monday night. We're proud and excited to have her on board.
Town Manager Jeff Jones announced Chief Kayea’s appointment on Dec. 20. He cited her vast experience in the field, along with her fourth-generation heritage in the fire service.
“Chief Kayea is not only impeccably qualified to run a department, her family history and penchant for the community spirit in smaller towns made her the perfect choice for Sunnyvale,” said Jones.
Chief Kayea holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Tarleton State University and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy. She also holds Master Firefighter Certification and is a Licensed Paramedic.
Having been promoted through the ranks, Chief Kayea draws on more than 27 years of fire service experience with Dallas Fire and Rescue where she served as EMS Section Chief and Battalion Chief before being promoted to Deputy Chief in 2018. In Sunnyvale, she fills the vacancy left by the August retirement of Fire Chief Doug Kendrick.
“It is vitally important that a Fire Chief not only understand every component of Fire and EMS service,” said Mayor Saji George. “It’s also critical that they have a passion for community and understand what it means to serve, not just a town, but its people. Chief Kayea fits that bill and we’re thrilled to have her.”
Chief Kayea’s professional credentials are lengthy but include membership on Dallas Fire and Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Peer Support Team as well as the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. She has lectured extensively and is the author of numerous articles on fire service and EMS procedures. She counts her proudest accomplishment as being named Staff Officer of the Year, nominated by the officers that worked for her.
Chief Kayea being sworn in by Town Secretary Rachel Ramsey.
Pictured with the Town Council, Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager with the Town's traditional Welcome Lane sign.
Chief Kayea with her family (left to right) son Terry, daughter-in-law Alyssa with granddaughter, Eden, husband Sam, Chief Kayea, son Lee, Deidre Wilson and her father, Terry Bloss.