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City Manager Bob Hart announced the selection of Michael Ross, a 30 year veteran, as the new Fire Chief of the Lake Cities Fire Department. Chief Ross will lead the 53 member department and will oversee fire operations, emergency medical services, fire marshal, and emergency management services.
Chief Ross joined the Fire Department in December of 2014 as Assistant Fire Chief. He previously served 26 years with the Bedford TX Fire Department promoting through the ranks spending his last ten years there as a Shift Battalion Chief. He also concurrently spent ten years as a Rescue Specialist then Safety Officer with Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team responding to State and National disasters.
“Chief Ross has shown exceptional leadership and epitomizes the sense of service-before-self that is such an integral component of the firefighting profession and that of Fire Chief," stated Hart. “His values, professional experiences, and enthusiasm will allow him to lead our Fire Department to new levels."
Chief Ross is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Fire Chief’s Association, International Society of Fire Service Instructors and is the Training Chief’s Liaison to the Denton County Fire Chiefs Association. He pulls from his experience and education to prepare the next generation of fire service leaders as adjunct faculty teaching and developing courses for North Central Texas College’s Fire Science Degree Program.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Health from the National Labor College in Washington DC and holds a Master of Science in Leadership with emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the Chief of the Lake Cities Fire Department. I am very proud of the members of this department and their commitment to the citizens of the Lake Cities area. As the fire chief, I will build upon the foundation that exists within the department,” stated Chief Ross. “The Lake Cities area is a growing community that offers great opportunities to lead the organization by developing strong community partnerships and seeking new opportunities to better serve the communities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas and Shady Shores.”
Chief Ross holds multiple State Certifications including Master Firefighter and Master Fire Instructor III, as well as the prestigious Executive Fire Officer (EFO) designation from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.
He and his wife Rhonda have 4 children and have a passion for sailing.