Chief Kempler has been serving the community for over 20 years in numerous capacities within the fire service. He began his career in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, and ultimately a Sergeant overseeing the Arson Investigation section. With a majority of his family living in Indiana and a strong interest in the specialized area of fire prevention, Chief Kempler made the transition to Indianapolis where he joined the Pike Township Fire Department.
Throughout his career, he has achieved numerous academic and professional credentials including an Associate of Applied Science degree with high honors in Fire Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health with a focus in Fire Science and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration. In addition, Chief Kempler holds certifications from the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators as a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI), Certified Evidence Collection Technician (IAAI-ECT), and Certified Fire Investigation Instructor (NAFI-CFII). Chief Kempler is a Licensed Indiana and Nationally Registered Paramedic, Indiana Firefighter I &II, Instructor I&II/III, Investigator, Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist, Public Fire Educator, Fire Officer I&II, and Fire Inspector I&II. He is a graduate of the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy and currently serves as a Lieutenant in the reserve division of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Kempler is the President of the Indiana Fire Investigation Task Force.