Chief Jerry Duffield came to DeSoto from Farmers Branch where he was a Battalion Chief and the department’s training officer. Chief Duffield has also been a contracted and volunteer/combination Fire Chief developing and expanding departments with the cities of Celina and Pilot Point. In that regard, he developed and maintained partnerships with citizens, schools and developers for master plan development and has produced and directed emergency management plans and operations. He also has teaching experience at the college level as an adjunct instructor. Chief Duffield is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy and is currently in the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy. He is licensed as a paramedic, Master Firefighter and Master Instructor. He has been a member of both Texas and National Organizations of Fire Chiefs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership.