Chief Garrison comes to the City of Glendale from Houston, Texas, where he has served as the Fire
Chief since 2010. Houston has the third largest Fire Department in the United States with more than 4,000 members and a budget of $509 million. Prior to serving in Houston, Chief Garrison was the Interim Fire Chief for Daisy Mountain Fire District in Arizona in 2010, Fire Chief for the City of Oceanside, California from 2007 to 2009, and served with the City of Phoenix Fire Department from 1977 to 2007.
“Glendale is a vibrant city with a Fire department that has a 100-year history of state-of-the-art
“Chief Garrison brings exceptional talent and experience that will serve Glendale well,” said Acting
City Manager Dick Bowers.
The Glendale Fire Department consists of 247 sworn fire employees and 34 civilian employees, and
operates nine fire stations situated across the city. This fully accredited department responds to
approximately 40,000 calls a year, providing a variety of emergency services including fire suppression, emergency medical response, hazardous materials response and specialized rescues.
Chief Garrison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management from Ottawa University and a
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
He has also completed the Certified Public Manager program and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition to his leadership in the municipal fire service, Chief Garrison has traveled throughout the United States and Asia teaching incident command and behavioral leadership with an emphasis on sustainable organizational change.
The new Fire Chief will manage a budget of $47. 6 million and will earn a salary of $170,000. Chief
Garrison assumes command on Nov. 2.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker released the following statement to Houston City Council on Tuesday:
This note is to inform you that Fire Chief Terry Garrison has accepted the position of Fire Chief in his home town of Glendale, Arizona. His new appointment begins November 2, 2015. His last day at work in Houston is October 31, 2015. I will be meeting with the Command Staff at HFD in the coming weeks to obtain input on the naming of an Interim Fire Chief to superintend the department until a new chief is selected by the next mayor. Please join me in thanking Chief Garrison for his dedication and service to our great city and first responders.