Chief Shawn Fannan, a Watauga native, began his career at an early age of 16 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Watauga-Department of Public Safety before being hired in 1989 as Public Safety Officer, working as a Police Officer and Firefighter. Chief Fannan went to work for the City of Southlake Fire Department where he worked as a Fire Lieutenant for 20 years. Chief Shawn Fannan holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. His Bachelor of Science Degree is in Occupational Health & Safety in Fire Science. Chief Fannan holds several certifications such as Master Firefighter, Master Peace Officer, Master Fire Instructor III, Master Arson Investigator, Hazardous Material Technician, Master Fire Inspector/Plans Examiner, Incident Safety Officer, Driver Operator and Licensed Paramedic. Chief Fannan is an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University (TEEX) and at Tarrant County College. Chief Fannan has over 28 years of experience in the public safety field. He has been responsible for performing and supervising shift duty personnel in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and emergency medical services, along with the overall management and operations of the department. Chief Fannan has been married for 27 years to his wife, Ronda, and they have two grown children.
Chief Fannan was appointed and confirmed as Fire Chief on March 27, 2017. He believes in the Core Values of the Watauga Fire Department, which are:
To Residents: We owe the residents of Watauga the highest quality of service possible, characterized by responsiveness, integrity and professionalism. We will continually strive for quality improvement.
To Fire Department: We owe the Watauga Fire Department our full commitment and dedication. We will always look beyond the traditional scope of our individual positions to promote teamwork and organizational effectiveness.
To Each Other: We owe each other a working environment characterized by trust and respect for the individual, fostering open and honest communication at all levels.
To Ourselves: We owe ourselves personal and professional growth. We will seek new knowledge and greater challenges, and strive to remain at the leading edge of our profession.