NEWS – “Garland Fire Department announces big changes for 2021”

GARLAND – December 31, 2020

The Garland Fire Department ended 2020 with a bang by announcing big changes to the department’s leadership and administration.

On Dec. 31, the department issued a statement on their Facebook page that a new fire chief will take over starting Jan. 1, 2021 and a whole new administration to follow. Read Garland Fire Department’s full statement below.


“2020 has come to an end and I think we're all ready for it. Lots of changes this year, good and bad, but also lots of memories we hope you can keep forever. With that being said, Garland Fire also has some changes happening. Starting January 1st, a new department administration staff will take place.


We would like to congratulate Steve Harrington on his promotion to Fire Chief. Chief Harrington brings with him 13+ years in the fire service and has played many roles at Garland Fire including, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief. Chief Harrington is excited for his new role and is looking forward to continuing to serve the city of Garland, surrounding areas, and its citizens.


Coming in as Deputy Chief will be Andy McBride. Chief McBride brings with him 15+ years in the fire service and has played roles at Garland Fire including Engineer and Captain. Chief McBride is also looking forward to continuing to serve our community.


Along with the new promotion of Chief's comes Captain's. The following individuals have been promoted by the newly elected Chiefs to the positions of Captains:

Javier Munoz, Josh Munns, and Lanette Sorensen. We will include a bio of everyone on the department this year for our employee spotlights.


On behalf of the new admin staff, we would like to sincerely thank Fire Chief Rob Johnson and Deputy Chief Steve Hales for their dedication and service to the city of Garland and its citizens. We hope to do you proud just as you did us. Thank you for putting service before yourselves and continuing to make Garland Fire better.


Garland Fire Department will continue to serve its mission statement, “To protect the lives and property of the citizens of Garland and the surrounding community from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to aid in saving lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs.”


Happy New Year’s everyone! Thank you for your continued support. Please be safe & responsible tonight. Here's to 2021.”





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