El Paso fire chief to become Houston's chief

HOUSTON -- The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association tells KHOU 11 News that Houston's new fire chief will be Samuel Peña, who is El Paso's current fire chief.

Ahead of his arrival, the union is asking the new chief to "better balance his obligations at City Hall against those he will have to the 4,000 firefighters..."

Mayor Sylvester Turner is expected to formally announce the new fire chief as well as a new police chief for Houston at a 2:30 p.m. press conference Thursday.

According to the City of El Paso's website, Peña was named fire chief there in March of 2013. 

According to El Paso, "Peña was chosen as Fire Chief for his wide experience in both medical and firefighting fields. He started as a firefighter and rose through the ranks serving as a paramedic, media spokesperson, advanced medical coordinator, a member of the Combined Search and Rescue Team, Hazardous Materials & Special Rescue Task Force, as well as the Training Chief for the El Paso Fire Academy."


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