Charles Hood was sworn in as the Fire Chief of the City of San Antonio in April 2007, becoming
the first outside Fire Chief and the first African American Fire Chief in this historically significant city. Chief Hood leads one of the largest fire departments
in the nation, commanding approximately 1800 personnel with a budget of over 292 million dollars.
He is ultimately responsible for providing fire, emergency medical, special operations, and
emergency management and fire prevention to over 1.4 million citizens.
Chief Hood joined the City of Phoenix Fire Department in 1984 where he rose through the ranks.
Chief Hood was a member of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Urban Search & Rescue team and FEMA’s
Urban Search and Rescue’s National Incident Support Team. National responses include the 2004
Winter Olympics, Democratic National Convention, The Rodeo Fire and Challenger Space Shuttle
incident and most recently served as the Liaison Officer with the City of New Orleans during
Chief Hood’s progressive leadership style and vision has resulted in many achievements. The SAFD
is responsible for over 310,000 Unit Responses per year. Since joining the SAFD, Chief Hood has
doubled the size of both the HAZMAT and Technical Rescue Teams. In 2010, Chief Hood established a
Health & Wellness Program and recently added a Certified Athletic Trainer. In addition, Chief Hood
has collaborated to establish a Fusion Center; created a Safety Division, and Fitness Program which
includes becoming an official CrossFit Affiliate. In 2015 Chief Hood launched a Mobile Integrated
Healthcare Program which represents one of the most progressive evolutions in the delivery of
community based care. In an effort to improve department communication, he implemented an annual
State of the Department Address presented to all
uniform and civilian employees.
Chief Hood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service
Management from the University of Ottawa and has attended
the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. He is an
Adjunct Faculty at Texas A&M University National Emergency
Response and Rescue Training Center.
In 2010, Chief Hood was the recipient of the Metro Fire Chief of
the Year presented by the members of the Black Chief Officer’s
Committee, IABPFF. In 2014, the Fire Administrator of the
United States Fire Administration appointed Chief Hood to the
Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters
Foundation for a six-year term.
An Arizona native, Hood is the proud father of four sons, Tevin,
Jaxon, Langston and Sheridan.