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Assistant Fire MarshallDallas County andAdjunct Faculty
Currently assistant fire marshal for Dallas County, Michael C. Simmons previously served as Homeland Security program manager for the Central Texas Council of Governments, which serves seven counties.
He also served as hazardous materials program manager for Region VI of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Denton, where he was responsible for developing and administering response and recovery plans for technological hazards from nuclear facilities to Army arsenals. His hazardous materials emergency response and capability assessment program for the region, which includes Texas and its four neighboring states, has been presented on FEMA’s National Educational Network and in Mexico.
Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (counseling and sociology) from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
His professional background includes more than 30 years as a professional firefighter and paramedic for the cities of Rowlett, Garland and Dallas. He has served as an adjunct instructor for the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., and for the University of North Texas.
Simmons holds certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as master firefighter, level III instructor, master fire inspector, arson investigator, hazardous materials technician and driver operator. He is also a certified peace officer and emergency medical technician.