Rita Reith

Battalion Chief - Media Relations, Indianapolis Fire Department
Rita Reith

Battalion Chief Rita Reith (55) is a 24 -year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department. Since 2008 Reith has served as the department’s Public Information Officer (PIO) and manages the Media Relations Division. She also recently completed the Master’s PIO program at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmittsburg, MD. Reith, who reports directly to the Chief of Fire, Ernest V. Malone, is primarily responsible for the departments outgoing communication to both the media and general public. Through the use of on scene interviews, media releases, press conferences, community events and social media, Reith is responsible for communicating emergent, non-emergent, risk reduction and proactive action messaging to the over 900,000 residents in the 278 square mile IFD service district 24/7 365. Prior to her appointment as the PIO for IFD Reith served on a Tactical Engine for 13 years where she acquired various certifications in firefighting and tactical rescue. These include, Firefighter, EMT, Rescue Diver, Top Water, High and Low Angle Ropes Rescue, Haz-Mat Technician and Extrication. She has been awarded several commendations, including a Medal of Bravery, for her efforts on both the fireground and in her role as PIO. She is a 1985 Graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, with a B.A. in Journalism and is the proud mom to identical twins Madeline and Morgan Reith (28).

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