The mission of the Fire Administration is to direct, coordinate and provide support for all fire department programs. The administration division is directly responsible for the operation of six fire stations and 17 pieces of apparatus. The labor relations with 130 uniformed personnel and compliance with all applicable laws and contracts is also the direct responsibility of Fire Administration.
Mike Wisko is a third generation Galveston Firefighter, following in the footsteps of his father, Fire Chief Willie Wisko (ret.) and grandfather Asst. Chief Wallace Graves (ret.). Chief Wisko began his career in Galveston on October 17, 1988 and promoted through the rank prior to becoming Fire Chief in 2013.
Chief Wisko holds a Master Firefighter certification along with several other Texas Firefighter certifications and has been a Paramedic since 1989. He is a 2012 graduate of the Texas Fire Chief’s academy and a 2016 graduate of the Texas A & M University May’s School of Business, Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Program.
In addition to his 30 year career in Galveston, Chief Wisko has responded to disasters across the State of Texas and the United States including The Murrah Federal Building Bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, the Wildfires in Bastrop and Magnolia in 2011, the Fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas in 2013 and California’s Carr fire in Redding Cal. in August 2018.
Mike is a member of Texas Task Force 1, Chairman of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s Firefighter Advisory Committee and a member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association Executive Board. He and his wife Dana have three adult children, Lorin, Katy, and Kaleb, each of whom make Mike proud every day.