Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal James Serrano started his career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Richmond and became a full-time certified firefighter in 1994. Chief Serrano began his training at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Center to obtain his firefighter certification and later attended the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy for his peace officer certification. In 2003, he joined the Sugar Land Fire Department and has held several previous positions as a firefighter, fire inspector, arson investigator, and Assistant Fire Marshal. In his current role, he oversees a team consisting of an Assistant Fire Marshal and five inspectors/investigators.
Chief Serrano’s strong focus is on fire prevention and firefighter training, and he currently serves on the City’s Development and Event Review Committee to ensure building safety and fire code compliance are met. He is an active firefighter for the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department, a lead instructor for a local fire academy, and a member of both the Texas Fire Marshal’s Association and State Firefighter’s & Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas.
Chief Serrano has a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management Administration from West Texas A&M and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Lone Star College. In addition he holds masters certifications as a structural firefighter, fire inspector, arson investigator and peace officer.