Michael Anderson began in the fire service in 1998 in Marble Falls Texas. I started with Travis Co. ESD#2- Pflugerville Fire Dept in 2000 and currently holds the rank of captain assigned as a safety officer. Aside from suppression duties, he also manages programs within his department, and as a fire service instructor, specializing in hazardous materials, driver operator classes, and the Blue Card Incident Command Program.
Michael has been a Courage to Be Safe ® instructor since the first Texas train-the-trainer in Austin in 2007. He has had the wonderful opportunity to teach the life safety initiatives across the State of Texas (and beyond). In 2010 he became a state advocate for the Central Texas Area and has helped instruct the Courage to Be Safe ® classes in the local recruit schools. In 2014, he accepted the role of the Western Advocate Manager. In his division, Michael works with the Regional advocates in FEMA Regions VI – X to support the Foundation’s objectives and has been actively involved for over (10) ten years in advocating firefighter issues with elected officials.
He currently resides in Hutto Texas, outside of Austin. Michael has been married to my wife Gena for 10 years now and we have two children, Jocelyn (8) and Luke (4). Michael is looking forward to the work that lies ahead and overcoming the challenges of implementing the Foundation’s objectives. He will work hard to serve the advocates and give them the resources and tools to be successful on behalf of the Foundation. “It is an honor to serve with you and I believe that our continued hard work will have a lasting impact on firefighter safety and the reduction of line of duty deaths and injuries,” says Michael.