Firefighter engineer and driver, Chris Dyer, responds to various fire, EMS, rescue or hazardous materials incidents. He drives a firetruck and ensures it and the equipment on it are always ready. He also provides customer service to Carrollton’s residents and visitors.
Chris started work with the city in 2011 in the water department.
“Growing up as the son of a city employee, Danny Dyer, showed me this is a great place to work,” he said. Chris worked in the water plant until 2019 when he transferred to the Fire Department.
Since then, he has seen tremendous growth in demand for CFD services and community engagement activities like free smoke detector installations, school visits and hosting station tours for various groups.
“Chief English, Deputy Chief Lambert and our command staff have made sure we have the best equipment to provide the level of service our city deserves,“ Chris said. “Captain Shadrix makes sure we constantly train to keep us prepared for new challenges. We recently received new thermal imaging cameras, electric extrication tools, self-contained breathing apparatus and we are awaiting delivery of our new ladder truck and three new fire engines.”
His favorite part of his job is serving people in need and he enjoys helping train new firefighters going through rookie school. He also loves the comradery in the department and said his fellow firefighters are more like extended family than coworkers.
Chris is from Carrollton, a graduate of Carrollton High School and earned an automotive technology diploma from West Central Technical College. He and his wife Krystal Jolivette Dyer have three children, Xavier, McKenzie and Reagan.
He was named the CFD’s 2023 Firefighter of the Year.
“Public service is the rent we pay for our space on Earth and I am extremely thankful to serve in Carrollton,” Chris said. “This city and its people have been such an integral part of my life. I’m blessed to work under the best command staff and with the best firefighters I could ask for. They have been a key part of who I have developed into as a fireman.”