PALESTINE, Texas (March 3, 2017) - The Palestine City Council, based on the recommendation of City Manager Mike Alexander, named Shannon Davis the Chief of the Palestine Fire Department.
Davis, an 16-year veteran of the department, has served as the Interim Chief of the department since December. Previously, he was a Captain. Davis joined the Palestine Fire Department in 2001 where he served as a firefighter in the “C” Crew. In 2011, Davis was promoted to Engineer/Driver. A year later, Davis became a Lieutenant for the “B” Crew and became a Captain in 2014.
Davis is a certified Master Firefighter and holds EMT and Instructor certifications. He is also certified with the Public Safety Diver Association as a rescue diver, and earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Trinity Valley Community College. Davis was also the department’s administrator with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Education. In 2016, his peers named him the Firefighter of the Year.
“It’s an overwhelming experience and quite an honor and privilege to even be considered,” Davis said. “I am looking forward to working with everyone in the fire department and in city government.
“I would also like to express the importance of our mission to protect the citizens and city of Palestine.”
Alexander said Davis “recognizes that being a leader does not come with position, title, or rank.”
“He recognizes that leadership is not absolute; situations dictate response, and leaders react, make decisions, continually reevaluate performance, and alter objectives and tactics as required and I’ve seen him respond accordingly,” Alexander said. “My final decision to make Chief Davis our permanent chief came when he said ‘Since the fire service is a dynamic profession, leadership is required, expected, and, when absent, extremely noticeable. We prepare for the "what if" call, situation, or incident. We spend many hours training, discussing, and executing for the moment that we can make a difference. It is unrealistic to expect people to lead who have not prepared. It is improbable that the result of a dynamically changing event will be positive if preparation was not a focus, and previous performance was not evaluated.’
“Chief Davis asked that I and his Battalion Chiefs constantly evaluate his performance and challenge him to be the fire chief they desire,” Alexander said.
A veteran and Texas native, Davis lives in Frankston with his wife and children.