Chief & Staff Biographies

Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Huntley

Ryan Huntley

Ryan Huntley was born and raised in Carthage, Missouri. In July 2000, he began his career in Carthage with his hometown Fire Department. During his career, he has served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Fire Marshal. In January 2020, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. In January 2022, he was promoted to Fire Chief and is presently serving in that position.

Fire Marshal Eli Maples

Eli Maples

Eli Maples began his career with the Carthage Fire Department in 2004. During that time he has held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Training Officer. In 2021 he was promoted to Fire Marshal. He was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1974 and has lived in the area his entire life. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Amelia, for 25 years and they have four beautiful children: Grace, Sadie, Abe, and Graham.

Training Officer Brian Calhoon

Brian Calhoon

Brian Calhoon has worked for the Carthage Fire Department since 2008. Brian has held positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Training Officer. He enjoys spending time outdoors and spending time with his family. Brian likes watching softball especially when it involves his kids.

Jason Martin

Jason Martin

A lifelong Carthage resident, Jason attended and graduated from Carthage High School in 1987.  He became a member of the Carthage Fire Department in May 1998.  After serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant and Captain, He Was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief in January 2022.  He currently serves in that capacity.