Fire Chief earns Executive Fire Officer
Chief Mallinger graduates from four-year program of the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy
Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger has been awarded Executive Fire Officer from the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy. City Manager Brenda Eivens presented Chief Mallinger with his certificate from the program at the Cedar Park City Council Meeting on April 10, 2014.
The four-year program includes courses, adaptive research and writing on the subjects of executive development, analysis of community risk reduction, analysis of fire service operations in emergency management, and leadership.
“The program is designed to help educate senior leaders in fire service on issues that occur and how to find adaptive solutions to those issues,” Mallinger says. “This education helped prepare me for the accreditation process the fire department is undergoing with the Center for Public Safety Excellence.”
Chief Mallinger’s research focused specifically on Cedar Park, and subjects such as on how to integrate feedback into improving customer service, how to reduce risk in elderly non-assisted living facilities, an evaluation of emergency operations centers, and evaluation and assessment of the Cedar Park quint concept.
Eivens says Chief Mallinger’s accomplishment is a reflection on the Cedar Park Fire Department and the City. “This award is really, really special because not only has Chief Mallinger continued his education and his development, he’s done so in a program that is very selective and very prestigious,” Eivens told City Council.
“I will use the education and skills I gained through this program to continue to keep our fire department strong and our community safe,” Chief Mallinger said.
About Chief Mallinger
James Mallinger was selected to lead the Cedar Park Fire Department in November 2012, after serving five months as Interim Fire Chief.
Chief Mallinger has served the City of Cedar Park since 1996, in the capacities of Interim Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Emergency Management Coordinator.
Chief Mallinger joined the Cedar Park Fire Department, beginning as a Firefighter in January 1996, working his way through the ranks as a Fire Lieutenant, and Fire Captain. Chief Mallinger was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief in February 1999, and has twice served as Interim Fire Chief. In addition to his role as Assistant Fire Chief, Mallinger also served as the City Emergency Management Coordinator for approximately six years. He leads a department of 67 firefighters and civilian staff of three, and annual budget of approximately $7.3M.
Chief Mallinger serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Austin Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University-Round Rock, an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Austin Community College, and a Texas Firefighters Certificate from the Texas A&M University Recruit Fire School. He is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in Department Head Suppression, and as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Master Fire Investigator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Safety Officer, Wildland Firefighter and Fire Instructor III. He is certified as a Fire Officer IV by Proboard/TEEX, Emergency Medical Technician by the Texas Department of Health, Certified Fire Executive by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, Certified as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Certified as an Executive Fire Officer by the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy.
Chief Mallinger and his wife Luci live in Cedar Park with their two children and one grandchild.