Champions Emergency Services District hires first full-time paid fire chief in district history

The district has two stations including Station No. 11, located at 12730 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, and Station No. 12, located at 12734 Cutten Road, Houston. (Courtesy Champions Emergency Services District)
The district has two stations including Station No. 11, located at 12730 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, and Station No. 12, located at 12734 Cutten Road, Houston. (Courtesy Champions Emergency Services District)

The district has two stations including Station No. 11, located at 12730 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, and Station No. 12, located at 12734 Cutten Road, Houston. (Courtesy Champions Emergency Services District)

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 29—also known as Champions Emergency Services District—will hire Dan Shelor as the district's first full-time paid fire chief effective July 24.

Shelor, who has served as the district's part-time fire chief since May 2010, has served the community in various capacities throughout his career beginning as a volunteer firefighter with the Champions Area Volunteer Fire Department in 1987 at the age of 17. Over the past 33 years, Shelor has climbed the ranks having served as a lieutenant, captain, assistant fire chief, fire chief and president of the board until 2010 when ESD 29 became the area's direct service provider.

Shelor has also served as a volunteer, dispatcher and communications manager for Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services as well as an arson investigator with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. Shelor attended the Harris County Sheriff's Office Academy in 1991 and has since served in various law-enforcement positions with the police departments for the cities of Bellaire and West University Place. This year Shelor is retiring from law enforcement with 29 years of service.

A member of Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Shelor married his wife, Marie, in 1998, and the couple has two children, Morgan, 13, and Eli, 6.

“Champions Emergency Services District is thrilled that Dan has made the decision to retire from an extensive career in law enforcement and focus on the duties of leading our organization through the changes and challenges ever present in the fire and emergency services industry," said Dave Parker, HCESD 29 commissioner and secretary. "Dan literally grew up with the fire department here in Champions. His knowledge of our department, the community and its residents has and will continue to be a significant factor in our service accomplishments and our effectiveness in the services we provide.”


Champions ESD services the Champions area with its service area borders roughly including Cypresswood Drive to the north, Stuebner Airline Road to the east, Bourgeois Road to the south and Cutten Road to the west. The district has two stations including Station No. 11, located at 12730 Champion Forest Drive, Houston, and Station No. 12, located at 12734 Cutten Road, Houston.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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