Fire Chief Richard L. Lyman

Richard L. Lyman is a 38 year veteran of the 169 member White Plains Fire Bureau who worked his way through the ranks to become Chief on June 9, 2004. Chief Lyman began his fire service career on November 1, 1976. He was promoted to the position of Lieutenant on September 15, 1986 and placed in the training division. On August 28, 1997 he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of the Fire Prevention and Training division.

Chief Lyman is the 8th career chief in the history of the city of White Plains and oversees the Fire Bureau’s operations under the direction and control of the Commissioner of Public Safety. Chief Lyman believes the fire service is not just about being prepared to respond to emergencies to protect lives and property, but more importantly it’s about prevention through public education and fire and building code compliance.

Chief Lyman attended the White Plains public schools from 1960 until 1971 when he graduated from White Plains High school. He attended Rider College in New Jersey from 1971- 1973 studying for a degree in chemistry. He graduated from the State University of New York College at Purchase in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science.

Chief Lyman is active in several fire service organizations which include: New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Career Fire Chiefs of Westchester County, Westchester County Fire Advisory Board, and Career Fire Chiefs of New York State. Chief Lyman is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association.