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FIRE CHIEF: Paul Nelson

The Fire Chief serves the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Port Neches Fire Department (PNFD), and is appointed by the City Manager and approved by the City Council. His/her role, in addition to overseeing the operations of the entire department, includes representing PNFD management on the day-to-day issues, business practices, and process of the PNFD.


The Assistant Chief serves as Assistant Fire Marshal and is primarily responsible for the Fire Prevention Bureau which includes Arson investigations, inspections, suppression, building pre-plan review, complaints, and general fire department business.

The Fire Chief/Fire Marshal and the department’s Assistant Chief/Assistant Fire Marshal and the Fire Department Secretary are located at 1209 Merriman in Port Neches.