Fire Administration

  1. Chief Paul Findley

    Chief Findley’s return to the Jacksonville Fire Department follows a 20+ year career with the City of Tyler Fire Department where he most recently served as the fire marshal and department public information officer. Findley got his start in fire service with the Jacksonville Fire Department where he worked from 1994 to 1998. His father was also a Jacksonville firefighter from 1972 to 1983. 

    Paul began at the City in October of 2023.

  2. Fire Marshall Jeremy Pate

    The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for determining fire causes within the City of Jacksonville, a service that is also available upon request to other area fire departments. The Fire Marshal assigned to this division performs formal fire inspections, fire investigation, and assist with other activities assigned to Fire Prevention. These inspectors are the "police" of the Fire Department, and investigate all fire-related crimes within the city. Inspectors are State-certified firefighters, law enforcement officers, and arson investigators, and have the same authority as any Texas Peace Officer.

    Inspectors are also responsible for investigating fires that resulted in burn injuries and/or fatalities, as well as all misdemeanor offenses involving fires, such as false alarms and criminal mischief fires. In cases involving juveniles, inspectors either counsel the juvenile and his/her parents, or refer the juvenile to the Police Department.

  3. EMS Coordinator Alicia Whetsell

    Alicia Whetsell is a 20+ year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire Department, joining the department in December of 1999 as full time EMS personnel.  In August of 2000 she graduated Kilgore Fire Academy and began the transition into shift work as a Firefighter and the department’s first full time female firefighter.  In early 2001 she obtained her Paramedic certification with the Texas Department of State Health Services.  

    Educational and Professional Certifications and Accomplishments

    • Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection from Kilgore College with Honors (2017)
    • Texas Department of State Health Services certified Paramedic
    • Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Instructor
    • Master Firefighter
    • Advanced Fire Investigator
    • Advanced Fire Inspector
    • Fire Officer II
    • Fire Instructor III
    • Regional Task Force Leader of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force

    The EMS Coordinator’s office works as a liaison between the department, hospitals, and other emergency services. We work with the medical director to ensure that current and golden standard of care is provided to the citizens of Jacksonville. The EMS Coordinator manages certification and recertification of personnel and the department with the Texas Department of State Health Services as well as resource allocation and administration.