Familiar Face Takes the Helm at the Garland Fire Department
Assistant Fire Chief Raymond Knight is now Fire Chief Raymond Knight, following a nationwide search and a thorough interview process. The Garland City Council unanimously confirmed Knight’s appointment Tuesday night.
City Manager William E. Dollar asked Knight to step up to the interim position in July 2011 and says Knight has provided strong leadership during a transitional period for the Department. “During his tenure as interim, Chief Knight has created an environment that encourages innovation and collaboration, both within the Fire Department and with other departments and external agencies,” says Mr. Dollar. “Chief Knight has worked his way up through the ranks at the Garland Fire Department, and has earned the respect of the people he will lead.”
Chief Knight began his career in Garland as a firefighter in 1980. During the next 20 years he was promoted to Operations Fire Lieutenant, Operations Fire Captain, then Administration Battalion Chief. By 2001, he had worked his way up to become Administration Assistant Fire Chief, overseeing the functions of administration, training and education, and managing the department’s operating and capital improvement budgets. He was directly responsible for oversight of the design, construction and development of the Fire Department’s administration and training facility, as well as four new fire stations.
As an assistant and as interim, Chief Knight has developed strategies for improving productivity, enhancing revenues, developing new education and training programs, building coalitions with area businesses, cities and other agencies, and developing staffing models to reduce overtime.
Chief Knight is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer School at the National Fire Academy, and a member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, the International Firefighters Association, the Dallas County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Garland Firefighters Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M Commerce.