Anna FD honors new battalion chiefs

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Anna Firefighters Bryan Thomas (second from left), Chuy Eaton and Cody Nelson were joined by family members for a pinning ceremony celebrating their promotions to battalion chief.

During the June 22 city council meeting, the Anna Fire Department honored its three new battalion chiefs with a pinning ceremony. Chuy Eaton, Bryan Thomas and Cody Nelson were recognized for their accomplishments. They will each serve as the highest-ranking operational firefighter on their shifts.  Their responsibilities will include coordinating all on-scene emergency operations, managing incident stabilization and remediation, and facilitating communication with State and Federal agencies. 

“These firefighters are excellent examples of leaders and have demonstrated exceptional professionalism, integrity and service to our community,” Fire Chief Ray Isom said. “This pinning ceremony is a way to honor their commitment and recognize them in front of the City Council, family, friends and neighbors.” 

Chuy Eaton

Eaton leads B-shift and is playing a pivotal role in the implementation of Anna’s first ever fire-based EMS ambulance service being developed for 2022. He has also taught on the college level for 10 years, specializing in hands-on teaching and running scenarios. He is currently a simulation instructor for all emergency medical at Collin College. Eaton holds a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Advanced Firefighter certification, Basic Wildland Firefighter, Fire Officer II, Instructor II, and a Texas Department of State Health Services Instructor certification. 

Bryan Thomas

Thomas is an Anna resident who began serving with the Anna Fire Department in 2011. As battalion chief, he leads the C-shift with administrative duties in both training and communication. Thomas holds a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Advanced Firefighter certification, Basic Wildland Firefighter, Fire Officer II, Instructor II, Incident Safety Officer and Incident Commander certifications. He is a 2005 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. 

Cody Nelson

Nelson joined the Anna Fire Department in 2017 as a Fire Captain after working for the City of Bonham and City of Murphy. He leads A-shift and has administrative duties in the logistics area. Nelson has had an integral part in working with Anna’s new apparatus design team and being an advisor during the new central fire station construction. He holds a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Master Firefighter certification, Fire Officer II, Instructor II, Incident Safety Officer, and Incident Commander certifications and also has a Texas Department of State Health Services Instructor certification. In addition, he is a 2020 graduate of Texas Fire Chiefs Academy and a 2021 graduate of the Texas A&M Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program.