Everyday Hero Dal Gains

Written by Ashley Streight Photography by Thomas Buchanan

It’s no secret that we love our Wichita community and could not be more thankful for our everyday heroes, just like Dal Gains. Dal has been a firefighter for 11 years in Wichita, and he’s also on the rescue team, which requires specialized training. But that’s not all. Dal is on the peer support team, which is dedicated to helping his peers who may be struggling emotionally after calls, etc. On top of all of this, he’s also a medic for a specialized team with the Wichita Police Department and is on call 24/7. "If you want to be a fireman, know that you are going to sacrifice. You will sacrifice time away from loved ones, your physical being, and your emotional health, but the sacrifice is worth the reward of helping others." His service to our community is something we are so grateful for.

Dal has always had a passion for helping people. Though he originally majored in mechanical engineering and worked at Cessna for a short time, it was in his heart to serve others, which is why he decided to earn his associate degree in Fire Science. Being a firefighter was something that was always in the background. At just 22 years old, he was hired by the Wichita Fire Department and has been there ever since. He says, “The job is tough, but it’s extremely rewarding and worth every second.”

When it comes to people he looks up to, there have been many. Every captain he’s had on the fire department has taught him something different, and he says he’s lucky to be around them all. Aside from his incredible career serving Wichita and surrounding areas, he co-owns Valhalla Barbell Club, does real estate appraisals and coaches at the gym. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, which assists him in his coaching. In the past, he has competed in powerlifting, and he currently participates in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In his spare time, he does a lot of reading and enjoys deer hunting in the fall. 

Dal wants to always be remembered as the guy that people can rely on. He says that’s why he got on the team, why he began coaching and more. He says, “Enjoy where you’re at right now and embrace it. With this career, know that it’s a give and take. You have to sacrifice to give to others, but what you get back is worth the sacrifice.” It’s this mentality that keeps him going. After talking to Dal, it’s clear that we are lucky to have him as a Wichita firefighter and much more. He is a true local hero.