About the Fire Chief, Ray isom
Ray is a second-generation firefighter who began his career in 1996 in his hometown of Ennis, Texas. In 2004, Mr. Isom became a Deputy with the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office in Austin, Texas. During this time, he oversaw fire prevention for state-owned facilities while also working on several high-profile arson and bomb cases. He was also involved in coastal relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ray joined the Allen Fire Department in 2008 as a Fire Prevention Specialist. While there, he was involved in countless new construction projects, arson investigations, and assisted with the city's Emergency Management efforts.
Ray is a certified Master Firefighter and commissioned Master Peace Officer. He is certified in the disciplines of Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, Driver/Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Service Instructor, and Law Enforcement Instructor. Mr. Isom was recognized as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2005. He has also completed the nation’s only Fire Executive Management Training (FEMT) program through the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) located on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Ray holds a General Class FCC Amateur Radio License.
Mr. Isom is a 2001 graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds a B.S Degree in Psychology with a minor in Fire Protection. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015.
Ray is married to his wife, Lola, and they have two wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, outdoor adventures, and the pursuit of knowledge. Chief Isom joined the Anna Fire Department in 2017.