Chris Harrison was promoted to Assistant Chief of Prevention (Fire Marshal) in 2017. He began his career in the Galveston Fire Department in July of 1999, promoted to Engineer in 2004, Captain in 2007, and Battalion Chief in 2014. During that time, Chief Harrison also served as Assistant Fire Marshal.
Chief Harrison earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from College of the Mainland, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University. He holds Master Firefighter, Inspector, Investigator, and Peace Officer certifications, as well as numerous other certifications through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Texas Department of State Health Services, and other agencies. A graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, as well as the Texas A&M Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program, Chief Harrison is a lifelong student.
A proud veteran, Chief Harrison has been fortunate to serve in the Army Reserve and Air National Guard, and has been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chief Harrison’s goal for the Prevention Division is to keep citizens and Fire Fighters safe through proactive code administration and thorough investigations.
Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Murray
Joe Murray started with the Galveston Fire Department in the Prevention Division in November of 2019.
Joe Murray began his career in Public Safety with Kemah Fire Department in October of 2008. During that time, Joe Murray served as Deputy Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Specialist. In addition, he was with the San Jacinto College Police Department from 2011-2015 as a Patrol Officer and promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2012. From 2010-2017, he was an Adjunct Instructor with the College of the Mainland Police Academy.
Joe Murray earned an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from College of the Mainland and an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management from San Jacinto College. He holds a Master Peace Officer, an Advanced Instructor and other certifications through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Furthermore, he has an Advanced Inspector and Fire/Arson Investigator with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. As a lifelong student, Joe continues to improve his knowledge, skills and abilities through continuing education and training. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Joe Murray’s goal for the Prevention Division is to provide the Galveston Fire Department personnel, Galveston businesses and residents a safe environment through proactive code enforcement and thorough investigations.