Assistant Fire Chief of OperationsDavid Bates
The Assistant Fire Chief of Operations oversees the department’s fire operations including 2 Battalions, 6 Battalion Chiefs, fire fleet and fire equipment maintenance, replacement and services. Chief Bates began his career as a Firefighter in 1991. He later promoted to Fire Driver in 1997, Station Officer in 2000, and Battalion Chief in 2007. He most recently promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of Operations in November, 2010. Bates’ training and service include working with the Hazardous Materials team, Air Pack Maintenance team, Hiring Board, and strategic planning participation. Chief Bates holds an Associate degree in Fire Protection, a Master Firefighter Certification, and has numerous certificates from the National Fire Academy and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Assistant Fire Chief of Administration
The Assistant Chief of Administration oversees the department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, EMS and Training Sections. Chief Shaw began his career with Longview Fire Department in 1989. He promoted to Driver in 1997, Captain in 2002, Battalion Chief over Training in 2007, and Assistant Fire Chief of Administration May, 2011. Shaw is a Master Firefighter, Instructor III, and Hazardous Materials Technician with TCFP. He is a Licensed Paramedic and certified as an EMS Instructor with DSHS. Shaw has been active in various committees and specialty teams throughout the City, such as the SCBA Air Pack Team.