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.
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.
The fire fighter advisory committee is created by the commission's enabling statute, Chapter 419 of the Government Code. Members are appointed by the commission.
- Michael Wisko, Presiding Officer, Galveston Fire Department
- Daniel E. DeYear ( alternate address), Assistant Presiding Officer, Dallas Fire Rescue
- Jim Reidy, San Antonio Fire Department
- Daniel Buford, Bryan Fire Department
- Vince Abrigo, McAllen Fire Department
- Jason Collier, Highland Village Fire Department
- Keith Schmidt, Gonzales Fire Department
- Ken Swindle, Krum Fire Department
- Daniel Anderson, Dumas Fire Department
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
- Robert Louis Havens, Port Arthur, Assistant Presiding Officer
- Sam Baucom, Amarillo
- Richard Bahena, El Paso
- Martin Davila, San Antonio
- Chuck French, Nacogdoches
- Bill Ho-Gland, Amarillo
- Daryl Maretka, Rosenberg
- Randy Pearson, Killeen
- Chris Watson, Austin
- Daniel DeYear, Dallas
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Contact information for commissioners and committee members, and biographical information for commissioners.
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