Fire Chief Larry S. Helms has lead the City of Wheeling Fire Department since September 2007.
He joined the department in October 1986 as an EMT and shortly after earned his certification as a paramedic.
Chief Helms spent most of his career as a paramedic on Squad 1 and Rescue 1 in North Wheeling.
He earned promotions in 1991 as a Fire Engineer, 1997 as a Lieutenant and 2001 as a Captain.
In 2006, he was promoted to Assistant Chief, serving in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. In 2007, City Manager Robert Herron named him the 15 th Fire Chief of the Department, after the retirement of Fire Chief Stephen Johnston.
Prior to joining WFD, He worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Glencoe, Ohio Fire Department and a junior firefighter with the Neffs, Ohio Volunteer Fire Department.