The Texarkana Texas Fire Department (TTFD) has a new leader at its helm as Chris Black has been officially named Fire Chief.
Black, a seasoned professional with 26 years of experience within the TTFD, had been serving as the Interim Fire Chief prior to this appointment.
David Orr, Texarkana’s City Manager, made the appointment earlier this week, pending confirmation from the Texarkana, Texas City Council. Orr expressed his confidence in Chief Black’s ability to guide the department forward and highlighted Black’s exemplary leadership qualities.
“Chief Black is an exemplary leader, and we are fortunate to have such a wealth of experience taking the helm and leading TTFD forward,” Orr stated. “I am proud of the work of our firefighters and first responders to keep our City safe and am confident in Chris’s ability to manage this important city function.”
Chief Black’s journey with the TTFD began in 1997, shortly after he graduated as Valedictorian from the Kilgore College Fire Academy. Over the years, he climbed the ranks, holding positions such as driver/engineer, Captain, Deputy Fire Marshal, and Fire Marshal.
“I look forward to leading TTFD and continuing to work alongside quality men and women who show professionalism, pride, and hard work every day,” Chief Black expressed. “The people who make up this great department are the keys to success, and I’m excited to step into this role.”
The Texarkana Texas Fire Department is organized into three divisions: Administration, Operations, and Building Life Safety Division. The department is comprised of 72 dedicated firefighters, working in three rotating 24-hour shifts and stationed across the city’s five fire stations.
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