Fit to Fight Fire Episode 33
"Chief Thompson facilitates the environment that allows his firefighters to chase excellence. This ultimately serves the community at a high level, and the firefighters he leads desire to be part of something great."
- John Spera, Fit to Fight Fire
"If half the leaders; half the chief officers in the American fire service could even do just half of what Chief Thompson talks about in his little short 32 minute podcast, we would have a better fire service immediately."
- Chief Curt Isakson, County Fire Tactics, February 15, 2019
Chief Thompson entered the fire service in 1981. He has been formally practicing leadership and coaching fire officers and firefighters for the last 25 years. Chief Thompson has practiced leadership as an operations officer, training chief, emergency manager, Chief of Department, and Director of Public Safety. Thompson has held a leadership position in 2 volunteer and 5 career fire departments.
Thompson started his paid career assigned to one of the first organized hazardous materials teams in North Texas in 1986. He spent 10 years assigned to busy suburban fire companies, and as a division chief, he responded regionally to fire and rescue events. Thompson responded to the Delta 191 crash, tornadoes, wildland fires, mass casualty incidents, and a mid-rise building explosion. Thompson has been recognized in the region for his command and control practices.
Chief Thompson began his teaching career in 1986 at Collin College. He has taught at the Texas A&M University Fire School since 1996, and has been a hands on instructor (HOT), workshop, and classroom presenter at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) since 2002. Chief Thompson continues to attend training offerings around the country as a hands-on participant.
Emergency Administration and
University of North Texas
Southwest Texas State University
Governor George W. Bush
Instructor III - Master
Hazardous Materials Technician
Head of Department - Suppression