Battalion Chief Les Hinnen retired from the Chillicothe Fire Department (CFD) on October 25th, 2022. Les started his career with CFD as a paid-by-call firefighter in May of 1988. After the completion of his EMT license, Les was hired full-time in November 1990 and was assigned to the B shift. He completed his Firefighter I and II and Hazmat Tech a few years later. In 1998 Les was promoted to Engineer for the department. In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was transferred to the C shift. Les was promoted to Captain in 2013 took over as shift officer for the A shift and was then promoted to Battalion Chief in 2019. Les served as head of maintenance for the department vehicles for many years. He helped with many of the specifications for the department’s new fire trucks and ambulances.
Les enjoys fishing and camping at Lake Thunderhead and spending time with his grandchildren. He will continue as a salesman for Heiman Fire Equipment in northwest Missouri as he has done for the past 17 years on his time off from CFD. Les will continue to live in Chillicothe with his wife Josie.