Administration

Fire Chief Michael Thomson joined the Department in March of 2019. Chief Thomson began his career in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter in Canada. He started his professional career with the Farmers Branch Fire Department where he rose through the ranks to the Division Chief of Training and EMS. Prior to joining the Highland Village Fire Department, he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Addison Fire Department. Chief Thomson is certified as a Master Firefighter, Master ARFF Firefighter, Master Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer IV, Driver Operator, and Incident Safety Officer. He is also a Licensed Paramedic and holds a Texas EMS Instructor certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services. He is a member of the Metrocrest Fire Chiefs, Dallas County Fire Chiefs, Denton County Fire Chiefs, Texas Fire Chiefs, and International Fire Chiefs Associations. He has served as a member of the North Central Texas Trauma Advisory Council (NCTTRAC), Brookhaven College Advisory Board, and as a member of the Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT). He holds an Associate of Applied Science, and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, and is completing his Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at Waldorf University.
Chief Thomson

Assistant Fire Chief Jason Collier joined the Department in January of 2008, as the first full-time Assistant Fire Chief. He acts as the City's Fire Marshal and is responsible for the Support Division. Chief Collier served as the Lake Cities Fire Chief for nine years before coming to Highland Village Fire Department. He began his career with the Allen Fire Department and has over 30 years of experience in the fire service. He holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Collin College and certifications as a Master Firefighter, Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, and Fire Instructor. He is a Certified Fire Officer IV and graduate of the Texas Fire Chief's Academy. Additionally, he has completed the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Program and is cross-trained as a police officer as well as an EMT. He serves on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Firefighter Advisory Board.

2018 Assistant Chief Collier, Jason

Assistant Fire Chief Travis Nokes studied Physical Education at Missouri Valley College before beginning his career with the Highland Village Fire Department in August of 2000. He is responsible for EMS Operations as well as training for both Fire and EMS. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration and is designated as a Certified Fire Executive through the Texas Fire Chief's Association. Other certifications include Master Firefighter, Fire Officer II, Instructor II, Intermediate Wildland Firefighter, and he is also a Licensed Paramedic.


2018 Assistant Chief Nokes, Travis