Guadalupe County welcomes new assistant in fire marshal, emergency management office
Posted on 2/16/2017 6:21:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Guadalupe County's Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator is officially getting some extra help. The Guadalupe County Commissioners Court on Tuesday welcomed Bryce Houlton to the office. Houlton will serve as the assistant under the direction of Fire Marshal and EMC coordinator Patrick Pinder. Houlton says he brings plenty of experience to Guadalupe County.
"I started off as a volunteer, worked my way up to a paid professional fireman for the City of Kirby there in Bexar County -- shortly shy of the fire department, was promoted to an emergency coordinator for the city. I did that for a couple of years then transferred over to the Texas Department of State Health Services and their emergency response and emergency preparedness group. I did that for about five years while doing that, attained numerous emergency management preparedness certifications and became the vice president for the South Central Emergency Management Association and then shortly after --  transitioned to the president of the South Central Emergency Management Association. It's an association of emergency managers from different entities, private sector and government and meet quarterly and discuss different topics about emergency management, emergency preparedness issues," said Houlton.
Houlton, who officially started Monday, says he's ready to get to work.
"My duties will be to do fire inspections, then eventually fire investigations. Shortly here, pretty soon I should be starting the police academy. Once I'm done with that -- I'll be a certified arson investigator so I can take the fire investigations one step further to the criminal side. My main job right now is emergency management, assisting Patrick and the county officials and updating some of our annexes. There are certain annexes that are due every five years and so we have five annexes that we are doing -- also working with different county offices to update and create some new county policies and plans for emergency situations to make it a little more streamline for everything from funds, reimbursement to the state and to the federal government -- just working on plans in general," said Houlton.
In addition to his duties, Houlton was also appointed as a second alternate to serve on the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC) Board. The board is designed to promote homeland security and "all hazard" preparedness within the region.

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