Mr. Spears began his employment with the City and his professional career in firefighting in October 1995. Prior to becoming a career firefighter he served as a volunteer for approximately two years in the department while attending the fire academy and emergency medical service training.
After serving six years as a firefighter-paramedic with the department, Mr. Spears was promoted to Fire Lieutenant and was responsible for performing and supervising shift duty personnel in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and emergency medical service activities. In October 2006, Mr. Spears was promoted to Captain – Fire Marshal and was responsible for assisting the Fire Chief with overall management and operation of the department. Serving as the Fire Marshal, Mr. Spears was directly responsible for Fire Code application and enforcement, fire prevention activities, fire and explosion investigations, life and fire safety education, Emergency Management activities and assisted with overseeing the routine and emergency activities of the department involving fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services and training.
In October 2010, Mr. Spears was promoted to the position of Fire Chief. Chief Spears directs and leads a department of 27 paid personnel and is also responsible for management of the Tarrant County Fire Alarm Center located at fire station one. Chief Spears is currently a first year student of the two year Texas Fire Cheif Academy.
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION / TRAINING: Firefighter Academy-Tarrant County College 1995; EMT-Paramedic-Huguley Medical Center 1997; Peace Officer Academy-Weatherford College 2000; Numerous Training and Certification Courses
CERTIFICATIONS: Texas Commission on Fire Protection; Advanced Firefighter, Advanced Fire Inspector, Advanced Arson Investigator, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Hazmat Technician; Texas Department of State Health Services; EMT-Paramedic; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education; Basic Peace Officer;
MEMBERSHIPS: Texas Fire Chiefs Association; Tarrant County Fire Chiefs Association; National Fire Protection Association; International Code Council; North Texas Juvenile Fire-Setter Coalition; Tarrant County Fire and Arson Investigator Association; International Association of Fire Chiefs