Fire Department

Chief Olsen was born and raised in Galveston. He joined the Galveston Fire Department in 1991 and worked his way up through the ranks of the department, while also serving on the Galveston Firefighter's Local #571 Executive Board for more than 20 years.

During this time, he served on numerous committees and boards. He also served as the Chairman of both the City's Heath Board and is currently serving on the Galveston Firefighter's Pension Board.

He is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus, the ELKS lodge of Galveston, and also served for many years as Vice President of Island Little League. He is the co-founder of the Galveston Firefighters Children's Parade.

Chief Olsen has received several awards for his service to the department and the community, including the Fire Chief's Award, Firefighter of the Year Award from the Veterans of Foreign War, and Firefighter of the Year from the Rotary Club.

“My priority as the chief is to provide a high level of service to the citizens of Galveston, while also providing a safe and positive working environment for the firefighters who proudly serve this community.” 

Charles Olsen | Fire Chief

  1. Charlie Olsen

    Fire Chief

  2. Richie Pearson

    Assistant Fire Chief

  3. Chris Harrison

    Assistant Fire Chief

  4. Trish Anderson

    GFD Administrative Aide
    Phone: 409-797-3850

  5. Fire

    Physical Address

    Galveston, TX 77553

    Mailing Address
    823 26th St.
    Galveston, TX

    Phone: 409-797-3850
    Fax: 409-291-4551

Mission Statement

The Galveston Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety services for the community. We will protect lives and property through:

  • Fire Prevention
  • Public Education
  • Firefighter Safety
  • Fire & Rescue Operations
  • Emergency Medical First Response
  • Disaster Management

Water Safety Information

Download the Water Safety brochure in English and Spanish (PDF)