A Letter from Chief Watson

“On behalf of the firefighters of Parker County ESD No. 1, we are proud to serve Parker County and the communities within our emergency services district.  Parker County is a dynamic place, bringing many hazards such as wildland fires, major transportation thoroughfares, a class 1 railroad, oil and gas installations, frequent severe weather, and rapid suburban growth in areas with limited water supply.  We hold in high regard that our citizens have entrusted us with the responsibility to protect their lives and property, despite such dynamic challenges.  Our mission to protect life and property is our only commodity, and our performance is our only means to earn and maintain public trust.  It is our sole objective to provide the most effective level of service possible, while being good stewards of tax payer resources, and ensuring we appropriately manage risk so our firefighters can return home to their loved ones.  Despite rapid growth, Parker County remains a family oriented destination, and retains the small town feel in its communities.  We seek to do our part to preserve those characteristics as your fire department.  You are always welcome to contact me or visit any of our firehouses with your questions, concerns, suggestions on how we can better serve you, or to learn more about what we do.  It is truly an honor to serve such a wonderful community!”

Chief Watson is a graduate of the 1999/2000 Weatherford College Fire Academy.  During this time, he gained experience as a firefighter with the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department and began his career with the Eastland Fire Department, where he served 11 years, working through the ranks from firefighter to Assistant Chief. 

While in Eastland County, he also served as the Dispatch Administrator for the Eastland County Public Safety Dispatch Center for 6 years.  In 2011, Chief Watson relocated to Parker County to begin working for the Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1.  and was later appointed as Fire Chief in August of 2014.  Chief Watson is an active member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association, State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts, and holds accreditation as a Certified Fire Executive.  Chief Watson, his wife Ashley, and children are proud to reside in Parker County and call this community their home.