Assistant Chief David Bates - Operations
The Assistant Fire Chief of Operations oversees the department’s daily operations, including 2 Battalions and 6 Battalion Chiefs with a total of 162 field personnel. In addition Chief Bates coordinates the fire fleet and maintenance service needs as well as apparatus and equipment replacement.
Chief Bates began his career in the fire service in 1989, then became a Firefighter with the Longview Fire Department in 1991. Chief Bates was promoted to the rank of Driver/Engineer in 1997 and then to the rank of Officer in 2000. In 2007 Chief Bates was promoted to the rank of shift supervisor as a Battalion Chief and then to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations in November 2010.
Chief Bates has served as a hazardous materials technician on the Special Operations Team and also as a technician on the SCBA repair and service team. Chief Bates has participated as a past member on the department’s hiring board, recruiting committee, the strategic planning committee and was a founding member of the Heroes of Tomorrow summer camps.
Chief Bates has obtained his Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Protection and has his Master Firefighter certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. In addition, he has obtained his designation as a Certified Fire Executive, a Fire Service Chief Executive Officer as well as numerous other certificates from the National Fire Academy. Chief Bates and his wife Kimberly have two adult children, son Kelby and daughter Brooke.
Assistant Chief Steven Green - Administration
Steven Green began his career with the Longview Fire Department on June 25th, 1997 and was assigned to work at St.6 on A-Shift. He promoted to Fire Driver/Engineer on September 7th, 2001 and was assigned to St.3 on A-Shift. On October 7th, 2004 he promoted to Captain and was assigned to St.1 on A-Shift until March 2010 when he began to serve as Interim Battalion Chief as Battalion 1 on B-Shift. He served as interim Battalion Chief until officially promoted later that year on December 15th, 2010. Chief Green served as Battalion 1 & 2 on B-Shift until being promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of Administration on October 14th, 2019.
He holds the following certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP): Basic Wildland FF, Driver/Operator-Pumper, Field Service Instructor II, Incident Safety Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Fire Officer IV, and Master FF. Chief Green is also a Licensed Paramedic with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (TDSHS).
Chief Green has a Bachelor’s Degree (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce. He has also earned 2 Associate’s Degrees from Weatherford College in Fire Services Administration along with Fire Protection and Safety Technology. Steven has completed the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program through TEEX and the Certified Fire Executive (CFE) program from the Texas Fire Chief’s Association.
Chief Green’s activities over the years have included serving on the Honor Guard, softball team, Field Training Officer, Promotional Procedures Committee, SOP/SOG committee, recruiting team, fire apparatus spec-team, head of health and wellness, hiring board, East Texas Incident Management Team (ETIMT), Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team (TEMAT), and the fire department strategic planning committee.