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.