Fire Chief Barron joined Manchaca Fire/Rescue as a member in 1990. Barron has been the Department’s Chief for over 22 years and continues to serve as the Chief of the one station, 20 member Department, which serves approx. 12 square miles, 17,000 in population and runs over 1400 calls a year providing fire suppression, fire prevention, and EMS First Response services to the citizens of the area. He has led the organization from an all volunteer based organization to a combination department He has been instrumental in writing and securing eight Department of Homeland Security grants and numerous state and local grants.
Barron is an advanced certified firefighter, fire investigator, instructor I & II, officer I & II, emergency care attendant and teaches CPR and first aid for the Department and local community. In 2012, he was the recipient in of the International Association of Fire Chief’s Volunteer and Combination Section John M. Buckman III Leadership Award and was instrumental in Manchaca Fire/Rescue receiving the IAFC Recruitment and Retention Award in 2011. In 2014, Barron was selected as the International Fire Chief’s Association Fire Chief of the Year award winner.
Barron is also a member of several regional and national committees and associations such as the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1720 Committee, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Capital Area Fire Chief’s Association. Barron holds an Associates Degree in Fire Technology, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas State University.