Brian J. Riley, an assistant fire chief in Arlington, has been selected as the next fire chief of Colleyville. He will take the helm of the Colleyville Fire Department on Sept. 1. As fire chief, he will oversee all fire and emergency management operations, as well as fire administration.
“I’m honored to have been selected and look forward to working with officials, staff, and the community in Colleyville. I plan to build on what has already been accomplished by the Colleyville Fire Department and will strive to enhance it. I’m looking forward to getting started.” remarked Riley.
Selected from a field of more than 60 candidates, it was the depth and breadth of Riley’s experience, amassed during a career that began as a fire and aircraft crash/rescue specialist for the Air Force, that proved to be the key factor in the city’s decision. He joined the Arlington Fire Department in 1981, serving as a firefighter, apparatus operator, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief, before being promoted to assistant chief in 1998. During his tenure in Arlington, he also served as a fire inspector, captain of the Hazardous Materials Response Team, and as fire training battalion chief. As an assistant chief, he served in all administrative areas—including fire operations, support operations, and fire administration, overseeing at various times fire suppression, medical operations, fire training, emergency management, fire resources, administrative services, dispatch service, fire prevention, and explosive ordinance disposal.
Riley holds a master firefighter designation from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He has also been designated an intermediate fire instructor and Fire Officer I by the commission. He is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, Tarrant County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Fire Prevention Association of North Texas. Riley holds a bachelor’s of business administration in management from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Community involvement is a significant factor for Riley. He currently supports Big Brother and Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and the United Way.