New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

2nd Vice President Richard L. Lyman

Richard L. Lyman is a 44-year veteran of the 150-member White Plains Fire Bureau who worked his way through the ranks to become chief in 2003 and retired in July 2021. As the seventh career chief in the history of the city of White Plains, he was responsible for overseeing the fire bureau’s operations under the direction and control of the commissioner of public safety. Lyman began his fire service career in 1976. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1986 and was assigned to the training division and was promoted to deputy chief in charge of fire prevention, training, emergency planning, and plan review in 1997. Lyman was a New York state emergency medical technician from 1981-1992, an instructor at the Westchester County Career Chiefs Fire Academy from 1986-1989, co-director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Fire Academy in 1989, and an adjunct professor at the Mercy College fire science program in 1990. A member of NYSAFC since 2003, Lyman served on the Paid Officers Committee before his election to the board of directors in 2018. He is also a member of the Career Fire Chiefs of New York State, Career Fire Chiefs of Westchester County, Westchester County Association of Fire Chiefs, and Westchester County Fire Advisory Board. Lyman graduated from the State University of New York College at Purchase with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science.  He has been married for 43 years to Jane and has three children and six grandchildren. Lyman resides in West Harrison, NY.