Fire Chief Steve Pollock, who brought an increased sense of professionalism to the Cedar Hill Fire Department, is taking a position with the Texas Forest Service. He is retiring from Cedar Hill in March, 2010.
He started in the fire service in 1976, serving as Fire Chief in Odessa, TX before joining Cedar Hill in 2004.
Cedar Hill City Manager Alan Sims said, “Steve Pollock raised the bar and took the Cedar Hill Fire Department to a whole new level. His legacy will be helping our fire department become one of the best in the Metroplex. We will miss his leadership!”
During Pollock’s tenure with CHFD the department has:
• Improved the City ISO Public Protection Class to a Class 2, potentially lowering property owners’ insurance rates
• Opened Fire Station 214 in April 2009, sharing expenses with the City of Grand Prairie to improve the coverage in Lake Ridge
• Completed renovations and updates at all existing fire stations
• Improved the fire fleet – added a second quint (five-function engine: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders) and added a new compressed air foam engine
• Received two SAFR grants for a total of 15 firefighter positions ($1.6 million)
•Developed a partnership with CHISD for the Shattered Dreams anti-DUI program
• Established the annual Citizens Fire Academy
• Established the annual Fire Department Open House
•Developed the regional Task Force RED for mutual aid deployments
•Engaged CHFD personnel on the State Type III Incident Management Team
•Secured AFG grants for station exhaust removal and wild land PPE.
In his new position Pollock will work with multiple jurisdictions in the Houston/ Galveston area to develop resources, training, responding with the State Type II and Type III team, and working with the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.