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Wayne Harder
14801 Mission Road
Leawood, Kansas 66224
Office: (913) 266-0602

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Wayne Harder began his career with the Leawood Fire Department in 1986, serving as Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Prior to coming to Leawood, Wayne had extensive culinary training and was a head restaurant chef with Gilbert/Robinson, Inc. Wayne holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science through the Metropolitan Community Colleges and a Culinary Certificate as well.

Wayne and his wife, Marie, have two daughters and a granddaughter. Chief Harder also serves as President of the Leawood Firefighter’s Relief Association, delegate to the Kansas State Fire Fighter's Association, and is a member of the Fire Department Honor Guard.

Other professional associations include:

  •  - National Society of Executive Fire Officers
  •  - International Association of Fire Chiefs
  •  - Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association
  •  - Kansas State Firefighters Association
  •  - Johnson County Emergency Services Chiefs Association
  •  - Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council
  •  - Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs


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