Mike Montgomery has over 30 years’ experience in public safety, including over 20 years as a chief officer. Most recently, he served as the Fire Marshal and interim Emergency Management Coordinator for Harris County TX, the 3rd most-populous county in the U.S. He is a recognized leader in the development of fire service and emergency management programs, with primary areas of expertise in public safety management and leadership, all-hazards community risk assessment, facility response plans, HSEEP-compliant training programs, regulatory support and legislation, with specialization in suburban, urban, and regional organizations.
He currently serves on several committees including technical committees for NFPA 472, 473, 475, and 1002; the TEEX Municipal School Advisory Board, committees for Professional Development and Excellence in Fire Prevention for the Texas Fire Marshal’s Association; the Chief Officer Development Steering and Fire Marshal committees for the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association; the San Jac Type III Regional Incident Management Team Steering Committee; and the Fire Program Advisory Committee for the Lone Star College System. He is an active member of many professional organizations including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, the Texas Fire Marshal’s Association, the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association of Texas; the Greater Houston Local Emergency Planning Committee; the Harris County Firefighters Association, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Safety Committee.
He deployed to the World Trade Center with Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team and received recognition for his work during Tropical Storm Allison, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Harvey. He has received many other awards, including the President’s Award from the Texas Fire Marshal’s Association, the Award of Merit from the Houston Federal Executive Board, and the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Team Award.
He has also received several agency awards including awards for valor, distinguished service, meritorious service (2 awards), humanitarian service (5 awards), letters of commendation (4 awards), meritorious team (12 awards), and community service (3 awards) from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and graduated summa cum laude with an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology from Lone Star College.
He holds certifications as a Master Structural Firefighter, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Marshal, Type III Incident Commander, and Section Chief in Operations, Planning, and Logistics.