Northeast Tarrant

Bedford’s new fire chief from Rowlett

Rowlett Assistant Fire Chief Sean Fay has been picked as Bedford’s next fire chief.
Rowlett Assistant Fire Chief Sean Fay has been picked as Bedford’s next fire chief.

The assistant fire chief in Rowlett will soon take the top job in Bedford’s fire department.

Sean Fay, 44, has been the assistant fire chief for maintenance and operations for almost 23 years in Rowlett. He also was the IT manager, managed arson investigations and was the department’s spokesman.

“I know Bedford and its reputation. It is one of the strongest fire departments in North Texas,” Fay said.

Bedford used the recruiting firm Strategic Government Resources in its nationwide search for a new fire chief after James Tindell resigned this year.

Fay was among three top candidates interviewed for the job.

“Chief Fay’s strong communication and interpersonal skills were evident throughout the process. His leadership, vision and work ethic will make him a great fit with the men and women of the Bedford Fire Department. I am very excited to have Chief Fay join our team as the new fire chief and the potential and vision he brings with him,” said City Manager Roger Gibson.

Besides serving as assistant chief in Rowlett, Fay was fire chief and fire marshal in Fate, in Rockwall County along Interstate 30.

While in Fate, he helped make the transition from a volunteer to a paid department because of the rapid growth in the area.

Fay said that he is ready to take on new projects and responsibilities and that he is pleased with the “innovative atmosphere in Bedford such as the department’s purchase of ultrasound equipment for paramedics.”

“It’s a little bittersweet leaving Rowlett, but I’m leaving on good terms and it’s time for the next adventure in life,” he said.