Commissioners and Committee Members

The policymaking body of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection is a 13-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commissioners adopt policies in accordance with Chapter 419 of the Government Code. Upon adoption by the commission, these policies become state administrative laws collected under Title 37, Part 13, of the Texas Administrative Code.

The fire fighter advisory committee has nine members, including six active or retired fire protection personnel and three certified fire protection instructors. At least one member of the committee must be a volunteer fire fighter or fire chief. The committee is responsible for reviewing and commenting on the administrative rules that govern the state's fire service. (The Government Code states that the commission cannot adopt a new rule until the fire fighter advisory committee has had an opportunity to review it.)

A second advisory committee, the curriculum and testing committee, was created by the commission to assist in the creation and upkeep of the certification curriculum.

The commission often creates "ad-hoc" advisory committees to assist with creating and updating curricula, validating test questions, and other related matters. Members of the Texas fire service serve voluntarily on these committees; their willingness to serve is a great tribute to the professional and dedication of the Texas fire service. The agency posts notices on its home page and Facebook page when the commission is seeking volunteers for these committees.

The 13 members of the commission represent a broad spectrum of the Texas fire service and public:

  • Two members are chief officers nominated by the Texas Fire Chiefs' Association. One of the fire chiefs must be the head of his or her fire department, and one must be employed by a municipality with a population of less than 100,000.
  • Two members are paid fire protection personnel nominated by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters. These fire fighters must hold a rank of battalion chief or below, and one must be employed by a municipality with a population of less than 100,000.
  • Two members are volunteer fire protection personnel nominated by the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas.
  • One member is a certified fire protection engineer.
  • One member is a certified arson investigator or fire protection inspector.
  • One member is a fire protection instructor from an institution of higher education.
  • Four commissioners are public members who cannot be employed or certified as fire fighters or who otherwise would fall under the commission's regulatory authority.

Commissioners

E-mail messages can be forwarded to the commissioners via the agency's "info" address, or, if you prefer, more direct contact information can be furnished on request. Please contact the commission for more information.

Robert Moore image

Robert Moore

Presiding Officer

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J.P. Steelman image

J.P. Steelman

Assistant Presiding Officer

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Steven C. Tull image

Steven C. Tull

Secretary

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Rusty Wilson image

Rusty Wilson

Member

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Tommy Anderson image

Tommy Anderson

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Carlos Cortez, Jr.

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Kelly E. Doster image

Kelly E. Doster

Member

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Mike Jones image

Mike Jones

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Paul Hamilton image

Paul Hamilton

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Bob D. Morgan image

Bob D. Morgan

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Kelly Vandygriff  image

Kelly Vandygriff

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Mala Sharma image

Mala Sharma

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Sue De Villez

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Advisory Committees

E-mail messages can be forwarded to the commissioners via the agency's "info" address, or, if you prefer, more direct contact information can be furnished on request. Please contact the commission for more information.

Michael Wisko image

Michael Wisko

Galveston Fire Department

Presiding Officer

Daniel E. DeYear image

Daniel E. DeYear

Dallas Fire Rescue

Assistant Presiding Officer

Jim Reidy image

Jim Reidy

San Antonio Fire Department

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Daniel Buford image

Daniel Buford

Bryan Fire Department

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Vince Abrigo image

Vince Abrigo

McAllen Fire Department

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Jason Collier image

Jason Collier

Highland Village Fire Department

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Keith Schmidt image

Keith Schmidt

Gonzales Fire Department

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Ken Swindle image

Ken Swindle

Krum Fire Department

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Daniel Anderson image

Daniel Anderson

Dumas Fire Department

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Curriculum and Testing Committee

The curriculum and testing committee was created and appointed by the commission to periodically review and recommend changes to the commission's testing and training programs.

Pat McAuliff

McKinney

Presiding Officer

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Robert Louis Havens

Port Arthur

Assistant Presiding Officer

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Sam Baucom

Amarillo

Member

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Richard Bahena

El Paso

Member

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Martin Davila

San Antonio

Member

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Chuck French

Nacogdoches

Member

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Bill Ho-Gland

Amarillo

Member

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Daryl Maretka

Rosenberg

Member

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Randy Pearson

Killeen

Member

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Chris Watson

Austin

Member

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Daniel DeYear

Dallas

Member

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