RCFD Interim Fire Chief steps into new role

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Last week, Chief Rod Seals concluded his career with the Rapid City Fire Department after 25 years of service. On Monday, an interim chief has stepped in to fill his duties.

After nearly 30 years of service in fire and emergency services, including 12 with the RCFD, Jason Culberson is taking on the new role of interim chief, as appointed by Mayor Steve Allender.

“It’s a great honor to step in after Chief Seals’ leadership,” Culberson said. “I feel honored and privileged to serve the citizens of Rapid City.”

Culberson is expected to take the role for around two months while the city works on hiring a new chief to oversee the department for the years to come.

As interim chief, he will continue to carry out his normal duties as Division Chief over Medical Operations, along with overseeing the entire department and representing them when necessary.

“Obviously attend community meetings, lead this department and make sure that we’re providing the best service that we can to the community,” Culberson said.

He will be responsible for the 158 employees that work for the Rapid City Fire Department. He is optimistic about the next two months.

“It’s going to be a busy summer,” Culberson said. “It’s going to be a fast 60 days for myself as the interim fire chief, so I look forward to working through all of that,” says Culberson.

He has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree studying Organizational Communications and Business Administration.

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