Deputy Chief of Training, Rick Windham started his emergency services career in 1980 at the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department. During his tenure with Ponderosa he attained the rank of Lieutenant. In 1988 he began working for Fire Protection Publications / International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). In 1990 he began working for Amoco Petroleum as a Safety Engineer and Emergency Responder and served as Safety Officer for the plant’s emergency response team. During this time he volunteered with Alvin Fire Department where he reached the rank of Captain. In 2001, Chief Windham joined The Woodlands Fire Department as Deputy Chief of Training.
Chief Windham received a BS in Psychology from Southwest Texas State University in 1987 and a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University in 1990. He received his Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certificate from the National Fire Academy in 2009 and is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Chief Windham also holds certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as an Advanced Structural Firefighter, Level III Instructor, Driver Operator, Fire Officer II, Fire Investigator and is a Texas Department of State Health Service certified Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate.
Chief Windham’s primary responsibilities include oversight and management of the training division, EMS First Responder Program, Special Operations Division and serves as the department’s health and safety officer. In addition Chief Windham oversees the activities of The Woodlands Emergency Training Center. His leadership promotes a progressive learning environment, holding the fire fighters accountable to maintain a higher level of knowledge and understanding of today’s firefighting practices.