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Francisco Cantu

Inspector/Investigator Frank Cantu started his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He served in the Texas Highway Patrol Service for 10 years stationed in Fort Bend County.

In 1998 he was promoted into the Motor Vehicle Theft Service stationed in the Houston region. Almost 28 years of service he retired from DPS in 2015.

In November 2015, Mr. Cantu was hired by Fort Bend County as an Environmental Enforcement Investigator. In August 2017, Mr. Cantu joined the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal team as an Inspector/Investigator and is currently assigned to the Enforcement Division where his duties include the enforcement of the county's Junkyard/Salvage Ordinance.

 

David Zietz

Investigator/Inspector David Zietz has been employed as Investigator/Inspector with the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office since December of 2014. He has 12 years of experience as a firefighter and 3 years of experience as a police officer.

Mr. Zietz is a Fire Investigation Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has a Bachelor’s Degree through Columbia Southern University and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science through Blinn College. He is an Advanced Inspector, Advanced Plans Examiner, Advanced Arson Investigator, and a Fire Officer II with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is also an Intermediate Peace Officer, Fire Arms Instructor, and Field Training Officer with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Mr. Zietz also holds several other Certifications with PROBOARD, TCOLE, and TCFP including: HAZMAT with Cargo Tank, Tank Car, and Intermodal Specialties; Trench Rescue; Confined Space Rescue; and Rope Rescue Technician. He is also an EMT-Intermediate through Texas Department of State Health Services.

 

Loyd Chase

Investigator/Inspector Loyd (Buster) Chase started his career in public service EMS as a paramedic. He served as EMS Director for the Edna Fire Department in Edna, TX for 28 years including Fire Marshal for 18 of those years.

Mr. Chase started a new career with the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office as a Fire Inspector/Investigator in October of 2015 after retiring from the Edna Fire Department in August of 2015. He has certifications as a Paramedic, Advanced Fire Fighter, Advanced Police Officer, Intermediate Fire Investigator, and Intermediate Fire Inspector.

Mr. Chase is a veteran and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

Larry Jenkins

Investigator/Inspector Larry Jenkins began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constables Office for 3 years. He then transferred to Harris County Sheriff's Office for 15 years before returning back to Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constables Office for 4 more years serving as a Sergeant in the Civil Division. Mr. Jenkins has multiple Certificates in Law Enforcement and is a Master Peace Officer, and a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. In December 2018, Mr. Jenkins joined the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal team as an Inspector/Investigator and is currently assigned to the Enforcement Division where his duties include the enforcement of the county's Junkyard/Salvage Ordinance.

 

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Investigator/Inspector Mike Voorhies   started his career serving the public in 1987 when he joined the U.S. Army.  After four years as an infantry soldier, Mike returned to the civilian sector and became a police officer in late 1991.  In 1992 he became an EMT.  In 1998 he attended the fire academy and soon after started working for the Lake Worth Fire Department as a firefighter.  In 2001 while serving with Lake Worth Mike re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he served with the 301st Fighter Wing until this Afghanistan Veteran retired from military service with over 20 years of combined military service in November of 2018.  Mike spent over 20 years with the Lake Worth FD rising through the ranks to Division Chief of Fire Prevention and Emergency Management.  He spent his final 13 years with Lake Worth as the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator until he retired in July 2019.  

Mr. Voorhies has an Associates Degree from Tarrant County College in Criminal Justice.  He is a Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Inspector, Master Firefighter, Hazmat Technician, Hazmat Incident Commander, Officer II, Incident Safety Officer, Driver Operator, Instructor II, and Basic Wildland Firefighter with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.  Mr. Voorhies is a graduate of the Fire Executive Management Training at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.  He is also a Basic Peace Officer and Instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  Mr. Voorhies joined the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office on August 19, 2019.

 

Crystal McGee

Inspector/Investigator Crystal McGee has been employed as an Inspector with the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office since February of 2018. Ms. McGee started her fire career in the Greater Houston area in 2005. In 2007, she left to join the United States Army of Kwajalein Atoll Fire Department in the Marshall Islands where she worked as an Aircraft Rescue and Structural Firefighter. There she obtained her IFSAC Hazardous Materials Technician. Ms. McGee returned back to the States in 2012 and began working at Dixon City Fire Department in Illinois before ultimately returning to the Greater Houston area.

Ms. McGee currently holds Intermediate Fire Inspector, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Instructor certifications from the State of Texas; ProBoard Plans Examiner certification; and Paramedic certification from the State of Texas.

 

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Raymond Ramirez

Inspector/Investigator Raymond P. Ramirez Jr. began a new career path with the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office in October 2017, after working in the private sector for over 20 years. He has several years of tactical training, including weapons and combat, and Jiu-Jitsu training.

Mr. Ramirez is currently certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TFCP) as a Fire Inspector and a Fire Investigator. He earned his Basic Peace Officer's License by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in June 2018.

 

Charles Terry

Inspector/Investigator Charles Terry started his career with the City of Lancaster Fire Department in 1992 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2005 was promoted to Engineer/Paramedic and in 2013 was promoted to Fire Marshal and retired in 2015. He has a total of 20 years of experience in Suppression/EMS and 3 years of experience in Inspections/Investigations.

After retirement from the City of Lancaster, Charles worked for the Denton County Emergency Services as a Deputy Fire Marshal II from 2015 until 2018.  His certifications are as follow; TCFP – Advanced Structural Fire Fighter; Basic Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Arson Investigator. TCOLE – Basic Peace Officer, NAFI – Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator. Mr. Terry joined the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal team as an Inspector/Investigator on January 2, 2019.

 

K-9 Bella

K-9 “Bella” is the Accelerant Detection Canine for the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office; her handler is Assistant Chief Steven McDonald. She is not only the first accelerant detection canine for this agency, but also the first one in the history of Fort Bend County.

Bella was born in the nation of Hungary on March 1, 2014 and is half German Shepherd and half Belgian Malinois. Bella was purchased by Houston K-9 Academy in early 2016, brought to the United States, and trained her for accelerant detection. Bella and her handler then completed five weeks of handler training before becoming State and Nationally Certified.

Bella is certified by the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Canine Accelerant Detection Association, and the North American Police Work Dog Association.