The Administration Division is comprised of a staff of three which includes the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal and an Executive Assistant. Our administration responds to change, solves problems and collaborates on issues, assesses community needs and resources required to meet those needs, and formulates plans to provide comprehensive and cost-effective services to our customers—the citizens of Red Oak. These personnel are also responsible for strategic and budgetary planning, quality assurance, the setting of policies and overall management of all departmental activities.
The Administration offices are at the Central Station, located at:
547 N Methodist Street
Red Oak, Texas 75154
Fire Chief Eric Thompson
Deputy Fire Chief / Fire Marshal Ben Blanton
Executive Assistant Kendra Worthy
|Fire Chief Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson, a 24 year member of the Texas Fire Service, Eric is the Fire Chief and Assistant City Manager for the City Red Oak, Texas. Chief Thompson is the north branch resource coordinator for Texas Intra Fire Mutual Aid System coordinating mutual aid resources for 33 counties, North Region Director for the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the chairman of the TFCA strategic planning, and Best Practice committees. Eric is the Vice-President of the Red Oak ISD School Board, and serves on the hospital board for Waxahachie Baylor Scott & White. Chief Thompson was awarded the 2018 Fire Chief of the Year Award from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the 2014, and 2018 Presidents Award. Eric holds a Master Firefighter Certification, Fire Officer IV, Level II Instructor, graduate of Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, Texas A&M Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program and graduate of University of Maryland Staff and Command Program. Chief Thompson possesses an Associate Degree in Business Management and Bachelors in Business Administration from Northwood University.
|Deputy Fire Chief Ben Blanton
Chief Blanton is an 24 year veteran of the fire service. After finding his passion for the fire service while volunteering for the Red Oak Fire Department in the mid 90’s, he joined the Atlanta Texas Fire Department full time in 1997. In 1998 he joined the Rowlett Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic where he worked his worked his way up to Driver/Engineer, Arson Investigator, and Fire Inspector. On his days off from shift work he was an instructor at Navarro College Fire Academy and the Fire Science Protection Technology Program Coordinator. Mr. Blanton grew up in Red Oak and has been married for 15 years with a 13 year old daughter.
Areas of Responsibility
Mr. Blanton holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Officer from Navarro College. He is also a Master Police Officer, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. His fire certifications include Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Service Instructor III, Driver/Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer IV, and EMT-Paramedic.
• Manage all aspect of Fire Marshal Division
• Manage and coordinate fire prevention activities
• Manage and coordinate public education and awareness programs
• Manage and coordinate fire inspections
• Conduct new construction, building, fire alarm & sprinkler plan reviews
• Coordinate and manage pre-incident planning
• Oversee all fire investigations
• TCOLE Compliance
• Fleet Maintenance
• New hire process
• Promotional process
• Internal Affairs investigations
• Department Budget
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