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Wayne Twiner - Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator
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201 Santa Fe
Gainesville, TX  76240
940.668.7777 Ext. 5736

Wayne Twiner  began his career as a Firefighter in 2000.  He promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant in 2007, Captain in 2009, Division Chief of Training and Fire Prevention in 2013, Assistant Fire Chief/Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator in 2014, and to Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator in 2018.

Chief Twiner graduated as Salutatorian from Texas A&M Commerce Fire Academy and holds certification as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Instructor, Fire Officer IV, Fire Inspector, and Incident Safety Officer. 

Active with the department’s specialty rescue teams, Chief Twiner is certified as a Swift Water Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Rescue Diver, and Helicopter Search and Rescue Technician.  In 2009, Chief Twiner was instrumental in Gainesville Fire-Rescue becoming a statewide resource as a water rescue asset for Texas Task Force 1 in College Station. In 2011, he was selected as a Rescue Swimmer on a Helicopter Search and Rescue Team with Texas Task Force 1 in cooperation with Texas Military Forces as a deployable asset during responses to natural disasters involving water related events.  In 2015, he and his crew received the Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Incident Valor Award and Chief Twiner received the Sikorsky Aircraft Rescue Award.

Chief Twiner was instrumental in the implementation of the department’s Stop, Drop, and Read program as well as the FARM program (Firemen as Role Models). Both programs involve firefighters spending time in the local schools, encouraging education and mentoring elementary school children.

Chief Twiner is a Leadership Gainesville Alumni, Gainesville University Alumni, graduate of the City of Gainesville Leadership Academy, and Lean Six Sigma White Belt.    He has received awards for Employee of the Month and a Medal of Distinction in 2010.

Chief Twiner holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Tarrant County College.  He recently earned FEMA's Advanced Professional Certification, the highest level of emergency management professional certification through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 


Jason James - Assistant Fire Chief /Asst. Emergency Management Coordinator

201 Santa Fe
Gainesville, TX  76240
940.668.7777 Ext. 5732


Jason James began his career with Gainesville Fire-Rescue as a Firefighter in 2002.  Chief James promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant in 2007, Captain in 2013, Division Chief of Training and Public Education in 2014, and to Assistant Fire Chief/Asst. Emergency Management Coordinator in 2018.

A graduate of Collin County Fire Academy, Chief James holds certification as a Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer IV, Fire Inspector, and Incident Safety Officer. 

Chief James is active with the department’s specialty rescue teams and is certified as a Swift Water Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Dive Rescue Technician and is a member of the department’s Swift Water Rescue Team.

As Training Officer, Chief James has overseen the department’s special operations teams including high-rescue, dive team, and the Swift Water Rescue Team as part of Texas Task Force 1.   

Chief James created the FARM program (Firemen as Role Models) and was instrumental in the implementation of the department’s Stop, Drop, and Read program. Both programs involve firefighters spending time in the local schools, encouraging education and mentoring elementary school children.  As Public Education Chief, he collaborated with Zodiac Seats US to secure the $10,000 donation of a fire-prevention robot for educating young children. Chief James has also served as a member of the Site Base Committee for GISD. 

Chief James is a Gainesville University Alumni, graduate of the City of Gainesville Leadership Academy and Leadership Gainesville & is a Lean Six Sigma White Belt.   He is a designated leader in the City of Gainesville.  

Chief Stevens holds a Bachelor Degree in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas


Jeffrey Stevens Division Chief: Training & Fire Prevention

201 Santa Fe
Gainesville, TX  76240
940-668-7777 Ext. 5734


Jeffrey Stevens  began his fire-service career as a Firefighter in 2003 with Gainesville Fire-Rescue.  Chief Stevens promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant in 2007, Captain in 2009, Fire Inspector in 2015, and Division Chief/Training & Fire Prevention in 2018.

A graduate of Texas A&M Fire Academy, Chief Stevens holds certification as a Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer IV, Fire Inspector, Infectious Disease and Control Officer, Incident Safety Officer and Fire Investigator. 

Chief Stevens is certified as a Rope Rescue Technician and will oversee the department’s training and special operations teams including high-angle rescue, and the Swift Water Rescue Team as part of Texas Task Force 1.   

Chief Stevens is a Gainesville University Alumni, graduate of the City of Gainesville Leadership Academy and & is a Lean Six Sigma White Belt.  Chief Stevens is a designated Leader in the City of Gainesville.  

As Fire Inspector, Jeffrey has developed an extraordinary relationship with the public, including local businesses and schools.   He is member of the Fire Prevention Council and will continue to enhance the department’s Public Education program.

Chief Stevens graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County Junior College; He graduated Cum Laude from from the University of North Texas with a degree in Emergency Administration & Planning. 


Jason Botcher Division Chief: Fire Marshal/Arson Investigator

201 Santa Fe
Gainesville, TX  76240
940.668.7777 Ext. 5737

Jason Botcher began his fire-service career as a Firefighter with Gainesville Fire-Rescue in 1998.  Chief Botcher promoted through the ranks to Driver/Engineer in 1999, Captain in 2002 and to Fire Marshal/Arson Investigator in 2014.

Chief Botcher graduated from Tarrant County Fire Academy in 1998.  He is certified a Master Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer I/II, Fire Service Instructor, Police Officer, & Arson Investigator.  He is also a Cause and Origin Investigator.  As Fire Marshal, he oversees fire investigations, plans reviews, and fire code enforcement/inspections.

Chief Botcher is a member of the Technical Rescue Teams in High Angle, Swift Water, Confined Space and previously a member of the Dive Rescue Team.  He has served as lead instructor for vertical rescues technician and lake boat rescue. Chief Botcher has served as a member of Texas Task Force 1, and serves as a member of the North Central Texas Arson Task Force.   

Chief Botcher earned an Associated Degree in Applied Science from Tarrant County College in Fire Protection Technology and Fire Investigation Technology in 2004.  He is currently working on his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.


Alan Bryan - Fire Inspector

201 Santa Fe
Gainesville, TX  76240
940.668.7777 Ext. 5735


Alan Bryan is a veteran  with Gainesville Fire-Rescue, where he began his career as a volunteer in 1992 and was hired as a full-time Firefighter is 1995. Chief Bryan promoted through the ranks from Driver/Engineer to Lieutenant in 2001, Battalion Chief of B shift in 2009, and to the position of Fire Inspector in 2018.

A graduate of Kilgore College Fire Academy, Class # 21 in 1995, Chief Bryan holds certification as a Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector II and Fire Officer III with the Texas Fire Commission on Fire Protection.   
He is also certified an an Emergency Medical Technician with the Texas Department of Health.

Chief Bryan is a Gainesville University Alumni and a designated Leader in the City of Gainesville.  He was a member of the Fire Prevention Program and performed with the Fire Clowns throughout Cooke County.  He continues to serve as a mentor with the Firefighters' as Role Models (F.A.R.M.) program in the local schools.

Chief Bryan works working directly with the public to ensure fire safety.

 


Tamara Sieger - Administrative Assistant/Emergency Management Officer

201 Santa Fe 
Gainesville, TX  76240
940.668.7777 Ext. 5731


Tamara Sieger is 28 year veteran in public safety where she began her career with the City of Gainesville in 1990.  She has spent her entire professional career specializing in Communications, Emergency Planning and Business Administration.

Tamara earned an Associate of Arts and Science from North Central Texas College in 1997.  In 2000, she graduated Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  While at TWU, Tamara was recognized for scholastic excellence.

Tamara has been the recipient of a City of Gainesville Customer Service Award and received the City of Gainesville Employee of the Month Awards in 2009 & 2017.  

Tamara is a Chamber of Commerce Leadership Gainesville Alumni, Gainesville University Alumni, graduate of the City of Gainesville Leadership Academy, and & is a Lean Six Sigma White Belt.  Tamara is a designated Leader in the City of Gainesville.   She has served on numerous committees including the CAD/RMS selection committee, software advisory committee, branding committee, & Public Safety Team.   In addition to administrative and emergency management responsibilities, Tamara oversees the department’s Breast Cancer Awareness month campaign, annual blood drives, special events and serves as the department’s Public Relations/Public Information Officer.

In 2016, Tamara earned the highest level of emergency management professional certification through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   She has worked multiple disasters in Gainesville, including many which were federally declared.