New fire chief brings decades of experience to Denton

New fire chief brings decades of experience to Denton

New fire chief brings decades of experience to Denton
September 01
00:57 2014

Paul Wedding / Intern Writer

Denton Fire Chief Ross Chadwick will step down from his position on Oct. 13. City Manager George Campbell has appointed Robin Paulsgrove to take the helm from Chadwick, bringing nearly 40 years of experience with him to the Denton Fire Department.

Paulsgrove began his firefighting career with the Austin Fire Department in 1976, and in 1993 was appointed fire chief.

From 1997 to 2010 he served as fire chief for Arlington and as director of emergency management. His accomplishments include creating Arlington’s first bomb squad and requiring all Arlington firefighters to receive EMT-intermediate certification.

“I am humbled to have been selected for this important assignment and honored to wear the Denton Fire Department uniform,” Paulsgrove said in a prepared statement. “Working together, we will honor our rich traditions while eagerly adjusting course to meet the changing needs of our citizens. The safety of Denton firefighters will be my first priority.”

Paulsgrove graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s in administration and went on to Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he graduated from its program for state and local government leaders. He is also a graduate of the executive fire officer program hosted by the National Fire Academy.

Robin is an exceptional leader who has successfully led cultural and organizational transformations of large urban fire departments,” Campbell stated in the press release. “He not only brings outstanding depth and experience to the department and our organization, but also brings a passion for local community leadership. We are excited to welcome Robin to our team.”

Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune stated that Chief Paulsgrove was selected as Denton Fire Chief due to his long list of qualifications and extensive experience leading fire service departments in large cities.

Featured Image by Byron Thompson – Senior Staff Photographer

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