Fire Chief Danny Thomas Retires After 34 Years of Service

Posted by April Reiling on Jan 05, 2016
Tags: Community, Government, Town News, TCFD, Public Safety

Update (January 13, 2016) --- The Town Council took action at the January 12, 2016 Council meeting supporting Town Manager Stephen Seidel to move forward with engaging an executive recruiter to begin the search for the new Fire Chief.  According to the ‘Interlocal Agreement for Fire Department Personnel Services’ between the Town and Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 (TC MUD), Fire Department staff are Town employees, including the Fire Chief, thus it is the Town’s responsibility to hire Fire Chief Thomas’ replacement. Recruiting a public safety leader can take several months, and the Town wants to have ample time to work through the recruitment and hiring process.

“It’s important that we recruit the best person for the job, and that means more than having an impressive resume,” said Town Manager Stephen Seidel. “Danny’s replacement has big shoes to fill and connecting with the Trophy Club community and North Texas region is a huge part of the job responsibilities.”

Fire Chief Danny Thomas retired on April 13th, 2016 after over 37 years of fire service, of which 34 of those years were dedicated to Trophy Club. Chief Thomas has been Fire Chief since October 2006. During his tenure with Trophy Club, Chief Thomas saw the department grow from a volunteer organization of only a few to a full-time department providing fire and emergency medical services with 16 fulltime employees and four volunteers.

“Trophy Club is an amazing community – a great place to call home. Serving the Trophy Club citizens for 34 years has been a pleasure, and watching the growth has been very rewarding. I have so many fond memories and will always credit Trophy Club for allowing me to live out my dream”, said Fire Chief Danny Thomas.

As Fire Chief, Thomas also acts as the Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshall for the Town. Over the years Chief Thomas has overseen many major improvements to Fire and EMS service in Trophy Club, including the construction of the Trophy Club MUD 1 Fire Station. He was instrumental in securing various joint contracts and agreements with other agencies and made sure his departmental needs were met at budget time. As a volunteer for many years himself, Chief Thomas also helped bring about Emergency Services Volunteers Programs such as the Citizens’ Fire Academy and Citizens Emergency Response Team.

Mayor Nick Sanders said, “Chief Thomas’ love for the citizens and Town of Trophy Club will be greatly missed, and on behalf of the Town Council we congratulate him on 34 years of service and wish him well in the future”.

“Over the years Chief Thomas has always provided great institutional knowledge and professional service to the community”, said Town Manager Stephen Seidel. “He leaves behind large shoes to fill and will be missed by the community and our organization”.

Chief Thomas helped establish Trophy Club’s volunteer fire department in 1982 after leaving the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department to assist the Trophy Club community. A few years later he attended EMT and Paramedic school in order to better support the growing community with lifesaving skills. Chief Thomas continued as a volunteer with the department until he was hired in October 1999 as a lieutenant.  Due to his tenure, skill set and dependability, he was promoted to Fire Captain one month later. In 2004 Thomas earned his TCOLE police certification and was promoted to Fire Chief in 2006 where he continued to serve the Trophy Club community for many years.

Chief Thomas has been married to his wife Tammy for 36 years and they have lived in Trophy Club for 34 years. After retirement Chief Thomas plans to relax and enjoy time with family.