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Posted on: August 15, 2018

Cleburne taps acting fire chief for full-time position


The city of Cleburne selected an employee who has served the community for more than two decades, Scott Lail, to serve as its Fire Chief.

City Council approved the hiring, as appointed by City Manager Steve Polasek, at its Aug. 14, 2018 meeting. Lail has an expansive history of public safety and EMS experience starting in 1992 that includes more than 24 years with the Cleburne Fire Department.

“We have great traditions in the Cleburne Fire Department and have had some great leaders through the years,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “Chief Lail has some big boots to fill but I am very confident he will fill them and set the standards for years to come.”

In Cleburne, Lail climbed the ranks starting as a firefighter and working his way up to engineer, lieutenant, battalion chief, and assistant chief. The city appointed him acting fire chief in February 2018.

“Over the last six months Chief Lail has demonstrated the ability and desire to lead the Cleburne Fire Department,” Polasek said. “I am extremely confident in his ability to lead our fire department to even greater heights.”

Lail’s experience includes time as a flight paramedic with CareFlite and as an associate faculty member in Tarrant County College’s EMS program. He is a certified Fire Commission Master Firefighter and Texas Fire Chief’s Association Certified Fire Executive; and carries certifications in swift water rescue I and II, HAZMAT Tech, Advanced Burn Life Support, and more.

He is active in the firefighter and EMS community. He regularly speaks at state, national, and international conferences, and serves on the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s Education Committee.

Lail enjoys spending free time at home with his family in Glen Rose where they raise longhorns. He said his getaway from the job is sitting out on his back porch and watching the cattle. He also likes to travel. One of his favorite destinations is New Zealand, but he will take any place with a beach and blue water.

Lail said he looks forward to growing Cleburne’s Fire Department and establishing it as a Best Practices organization. The department is also working on expanding its partnerships to improve services in the community.

He added the people are the reason he enjoys working in Cleburne.

“I feel connected to this department and city,” Chief Lail said. “I know the names of every single person in our Fire Department because they’re family.”

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