Mark Flathouse has been Fire Marshal of Fort Bend County since 2013. Mr. Flathouse has over twenty years of experience in public service: eight years in the United States Coast Guard with search and rescue and over twelve years as a Firefighter/ Peace Officer and EMT. His last assignment was working up the chain of command in the Victoria Fire Department ending his VFD career as the Assistant Fire Marshal.
Mr. Flathouse holds a Master of Criminal Justice Management and Leadership from Sam Houston State University, a Bachelor of Emergency Management Administration graduating Cum Laude from West Texas A&M, and an Associate of Fire Protection Technology from Austin Community College.
Mr. Flathouse currently holds Master Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Arson Investigator certifications from the State of Texas; Master Peace Officer TCLOSE certification; and Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) and Executive Fire Officers (EFO) certifications from the National Fire Academy/FEMA in Maryland.