President – Chuck French
Chuck has been a member with Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue since 1993. He promoted through the ranks and now holds the position of Administrative Captain over training & city safety. He also serves as the Training Coordinator with Angelina College Fire Academy in Lufkin. He is employed as a seasonal employee with Texas A & M Forest Service as an instructor and is credentialed as a Strike Team Leader with TIFMAS. He holds an Associate Degree from Weatherford College in Fire Service Administration and is certified as a Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor II - Master, along with many other certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Chuck serves as a member of the Curriculum and Testing Committee with TCFP. He enjoys teaching new fire recruits in many differrenct subjects, fire instructor, fire officer, and wildland courses.
Vice President – Vince Abrigo
Vince Abrigo is a 20 ½ year veteran with the McAllen Fire Department and is currently assigned to Operations on Truck Company Three. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and is also a member of the McAllen Fire Department Special Operations Team. Vince has always been an advocate for training being involved with various training seminars and regional training. He also, serves as Fire Training Coordinator for Texas State Technical College- Harlingen. He has Coordinated 22 Fire Academies producing approximately 600 firefighters throughout the South Texas Region. He currently serves on the board of the Texas Association Fire Educators holding the office of Vice-President.
Treasurer – Rick Trevino
Assistant Chief Rick Trevino has been a member of the Corpus Christi Fire Department since 1982. He has promoted through the ranks from Firefighter to Firefighter II-EMS, Captain, and Battalion Chief and currently holds the rank of Assistant Chief. Chief Trevino is a certified Paramedic , Advanced Firefighter and Fire Instructor III with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He has been assigned to various disciplines throughout his career including Chief of Operations, Battalion Chief, Chief of Training and is currently the Assistant Chief over Support Services. Chief Trevino commands a staff of 4 Captains, a Fleet Maintenance Superintendent, and 3 Firefighter personnel. His primary responsibilities include, Research and Development, Apparatus and Medic unit Specifications, Fleet Maintenance, SCBA program, and Firefighting equipment purchasing as well as the NFPA 1851 program. Chief Trevino is also a member of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), an elite FEMA Search and Rescue team. He currently holds the position of Safety Officer on the White team.
Secretary - Mike Free
Battalion Chief Mike Free has been employed with the Port Arthur Fire Department for more than 30 years. He is currently the Training Officer for Port Arthur overseeing all training for the 105 man department. Mike holds an Advanced Firefighter Certificate from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, TCFP certificates for Instructor II, and Hazardous Materials Technician. He is also EMT Basic Certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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