Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal David Barnes wears many hats at the City of Southlake’s Fire Department. He heads up the department’s fire investigation unit; conducts inspections on residential and commercial buildings; he is also in charge of our ‘weather spotters’ during severe weather; and he heads up the fire department’s public education fire safety programs. Whew! You would think that would keep Deputy Fire Chief Barnes pretty busy but he still makes time to share his experience with fire education, safety and training with others.
Barnes recently received a special award from the Texas A&M Extension Service in College Station. He received a 25 year Instructor Award for Excellence in teaching from the Annual Municipal Texas Fire Training School. Imagine working as hard as he does with his regular duties 24/7 and then still making time to travel down to College Station for the last 25 years to share his talents and expertise with other professionals as the Task Force Leader over the Fire Investigator course? Sounds like an impossible mission, but not to Barnes. “I enjoy the challenge of being a Deputy Fire Chief and all of the different aspects of fire service and I especially love being able to give back to fire service some of the knowledge that I have gained as a fire investigator over the years,” said Barnes. He adds that the school is primarily for volunteer fire departments that are only able to attend this ‘once a year’ training. It affords them the opportunity to receive their Origin and Cause certificate from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and once they obtain it they can get their peace officer certification and work as a certified arson investigator.
Barnes began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Grapevine in 1962. In 1973 he went to work for the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety where he spent 26 and a half years; the last 15 at DFW was spent in the Fire Prevention Division as an Investigator and Assistant Fire Marshal. In 1981, Barnes started with the Southlake Fire Department as a volunteer before officially becoming a part-time member of SLFD in 1987. He later went full-time with the Southlake Fire Department and hasn’t slowed down since.
Barnes has been married to his lovely wife Cindy who is a very dedicated and supportive wife. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.
We are so proud of Deputy Fire Marshal Barnes and we congratulate you on this very prestigious award.