Battalion Chief Thomas Stark is a Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Fire Investigator.
Thomas Stark was born in Kansas City, Kansas on June 19, 1968. While growing up, he and his family lived in various places to include Lubbock, Texas, Thomasville, Georgia and Linwood, Kansas. He graduated from Linwood High School in 1986.
Mr. Stark received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas in 1992. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2003. Additionally, Tom has Associate Degrees in Fire Science, Aviation Technology and Business.
Mr. Stark served for seven years in the United States Air Force as a Special Operations Helicopter Crew Chief. During his time in the Air Force, he spent time South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Italy and various locations throughout the U.S. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant from the Air Force with several awards to include the Airman’s Medal, the military’s highest non-combat medal for heroism.
Thomas started his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter in the Florosa Fire Control District in Florida in 1992 while serving in the Air Force. Once discharged from the Air Force, Tom and his wife, moved back to the Kansas City Area. Mr. Stark was hired by the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department in 1999. He has served as a Fire Investigator since 2014. As an employee of the fire department, Thomas has earned numerous certifications to include his Firefighter I and II certifications, the Kansas State Certified Fire Investigator II certification and the International Arson Investigator Association Evidence Collection Technician and Fire Investigator Technician.
While working on his Public Administration Degree, Thomas worked as an intern with Chief Smokey Dyer of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. Tom assisted with the development of their Strategic Plan. He later serviced as a consultant on the same project. Tom also service as a consultant assisting several Missouri cities and counties with updating their Emergency Operations Plans.
As a fire investigator, Chief Stark has investigated over 300 fires. He maintains a membership with the Kansas City Arson Task Force, the Eastern Kansas Arson Task Force, the International Association of Arson Investigators and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He works closely with the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Fire Marshall Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.