UH Gets a New Assistant Fire Marshal


The University of Houston Department of Public Safety’s (UHDPS) Fire Marshal Office has experienced a few changes since January.  Along with Joe Tremont, the former Assistant Fire Marshal, becoming the Fire Marshal for the university, Chris McDonald has become the new Assistant Fire Marshal. 

Chris became the Deputy Fire Marshal last year working closely with Joe Tremont, Bob Bowden and all the staff in the Fire Marshal’s Office.  It didn’t take long for Chris to learn the ropes.  He brings experience from the El Paso Fire Department with him.  He spent roughly twenty-two years working as a firefighter with the El Paso Fire Department.  His knowledge and skill base was definitely an asset to the department and the university.  With El Paso Fire Department, he created training plans, web-based training programs, authored local fire code amendments, developed budgets and developed newsletters. 

In his short time at the University of Houston he has been able to help ease the work load of the Fire Marshal’s Office and also adds some new insight with regard to training and education.  He and Deputy Fire Marshal Lance Wilson worked to create a program for the iPad that will allow all inspections, whether fire and food, to be done in the field. 

“Chris has the experience and knowledge that will keep our division moving forward with the expansion of the campus,” adds Joe Tremont.  “His mind is open to new technology and is always looking for a better and faster way to do business.”

UHDPS is happy to have Chris on board.  We are even more excited to see how Chris will bring the Fire Marshal’s Office into the future.