Fire Chief Mike Wisko
Fire Chief Mike Wisko is a 3rd generation Galveston Firefighter and the 32nd Fire Chief for the Galveston Fire Department since it was organized in 1839. Born and raised on the island, he joined GFD on October 17, 1988. In October 2010 he was appointed Assistant Fire Chief. He served as Interim Fire Chief from May 2013 until his appointment to Fire Chief on November 21, 2013.
A 2012 graduate of the Texas Fire Chief Academy, Chief Wisko holds a Master Firefighter certification along with an Intermediate Instructor, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF), Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer II and Intermediate Wildland Firefighter with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
During his career in Galveston, Chief Wisko has also responded to disasters across the State of Texas including Hurricane Alex which made landfall in South Texas in 2010, the Wildfires in Bastrop and Magnolia in 2011, the Fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas in 2013 as well as The Murrah Federal Building Bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. In 2009, he joined Texas Task Force 1 (USAR) where he functions as a Plans Manager.
Chief Wisko has served on several fire service boards and committees during his career including the Firefighter Advisory Committee of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, the Galveston County Firefighter’s Association and the Texas Fire Chief’s Association Safety Committee and Best Practices Committee. He serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association and he has lectured at several State and National conferences on Firefighter Safety and Disaster Management.