Chris Hixson
  • 51, Male
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • United States
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West Texas Firefighter

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Captain, EMT - Basic, Hazardous Materials Team Member
Years in Fire/EMS:
20
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Lubbock Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
18
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Stratmoor Hills VFD, Colorado Springs, Co 88-90
USAFR, 302nd CES, Peterson AFB, Co 88-90
My Training:
Master Firefighter
Driver/Operator - Pumper
Fire Officer II
Master Fire Inspector
Level II Fire Instructor
Hazardous Materials Technician
Rescue Diver
EMT - Basic
Basic Peace Officer
AS Fire Technology - South Plains College
About Me:
I had never thought about the fire service until I was in high school. All my life I wanted to be in the military, like my dad. When I was a Junior I spoke with my best friends older brother about the fire service. He had been with Colorado Springs FD for a while; he talked about the job, the guys at the station and the pride and satisfaction he got from helping others. This sounded like something that I could get interested in!

The high school I attended had a vocational program in association with Pikes Peak Community College and I was able to take Fire Science classes in the afternoons of my Senior year. Of course the classes were filled with firefighters, both paid and volunteer, and I loved listening to their stories and learning about the fire service.

After graduation I knew that I wanted a career in the fire service but I was unsure how to go about it. I wanted the best training possible, but I also needed a job. I opted to join the Air Force Reserves as a Fire Protection Specialist. I went to basic training at Lackland AFB, TX and to the USAF Fire Academy at Chanute AFB, IL. Once I graduated there I was stationed at Peterson AFB, CO with the 302nd Civil Engineering Squadron.

I got married and moved into Stratmoor Hills, CO (a suburb of Colorado Springs) shortly after starting a Pete Field. I then joined the Stratmoor Volunteer Fire Department. During the day I worked at Acme Fire and Safety, inspecting and maintaining fire extinguishers, kitchen hood systems and sprinkler systems.

In the summer of 1990 I tested for the Lubbock (Texas) Fire Department. My uncle lived in Lubbock and knew I was looking to get on somewhere...anywhere. I was hired and started in December of 1990.

Two years later I joined the Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department (a suburb of Lubbock) and have been with them ever since.

From 1998 to 2002, during my days off from LFD, I was employed by the Texas Tech Health Science Center as a fire marshal. (That's where I got my peace officer training)

I am currently a Captain with the Lubbock Fire Department and serve on their Haz Mat Team, Dive Team and Honor Guard. I also help out with their Explorer post.
Relationship Status:
Married

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At 11:04pm on May 5, 2009, Cody W. Nelson said…
How's life Capt.?
At 2:09pm on February 6, 2009, Cody W. Nelson said…
Are they opening 17 as a multi-company?
At 1:37pm on January 24, 2009, Cody W. Nelson said…
I am studying. It's slow going though. I would love to be in the center of town again. I do hope that I do well enough to make the list. Has anyone expressed going to 17 when Shorty leaves?
At 8:57pm on January 23, 2009, Cody W. Nelson said…
Mighty fine, mighty fine. How is Capt. life treating you? I hope all is good with you guys!
At 1:10pm on October 2, 2008, Mike wupper said…
Mark parker, Jimmy Light, Troy Rotramel???
At 1:08pm on October 2, 2008, Mike wupper said…
Yes, it is paid drivers, captain and Cheif right now. Volunteers work night and weekend shifts.
At 7:20am on September 27, 2008, Andy Entwistle said…
Chris -
I've just posted a SHVFD photo on my page - see who you remember
At 6:47am on September 27, 2008, Andy Entwistle said…
Hi Chris -
I'm trying to - I'm sure I would if I had a picture. I have only a couple left from those days, and of course your FFN photo above isn't much help. :) Looks like you've been firefighting ever since - good for you. I had to wait 12 years before I could volunteer again, but I specifically bought my house within a mile of a VFD - that was one of the requirements. Do you stay in touch with any of the guys from back then? John Clarke helped me out a lot by mailing my training record when I moved to NY in 2001 - I couldn't beleived he still had it. That saved me months of beginner-level training I would have had to re-take here. I'll try to scan in a couple of my shots from back then - do you have any?
 
 
 

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