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 23 year member of the Texas Fire Service, Eric is the Fire Chief for Red Oak Fire Rescue, Red Oak, Texas. During his tenure as Fire Chief, he also served as interim city manager/fire chief in 2008 and 2018-2019. Eric served 7 terms as President of Ellis Dallas Unified Cooperative Team, a regional consortium of 12-cities that exist to share resources, and provide regional mutual aid responses & training. Also is the north branch coordinator for TIFMAS coordinating mutual aid resources for 29 counties, North Region Director for the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the chairman of the TFCA strategic planning committee. Chief is an adjunct instructor with Navarro College. Chief Thompson is the president of the Ellis County Fire Chiefs Association. Eric holds a Master Firefighter Certification, FO 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 23 year veteran of the fire service. After finding his passion for the fire service while volunteering for the Red Oak Fire Department, he joined the Atlanta Texas Fire Department. Since 1998 he has worked for the Rowlett Fire Department as a Driver/Engineer, Arson Investigator, and Fire Inspector. On his days off he has been 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 14 years with a 13 year old daughter.
Mr. Blanton holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Officer from Navarro College. He is also an Advanced Police Officer, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. His 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.
Areas of Responsibility
· 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
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