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Chief Kenneth Hedges

Contact Chief Hedges
(940) 349-8830

  • Message from Chief Kenneth Hedges
    As Fire Chief of the City of Denton Fire Department, I have the honor and extreme privilege to serve beside some of the most dedicated fire professionals. The greatest compensation each member is afforded is to be identified as a Denton Fire Fighter. Each one of your Denton Fire Department members have sworn an oath to protect life and property, and they hold this responsibility with dedication and vigor. I am proud to be a part of such a diverse and talented team.

    Since the founding of the Denton Fire Department, generations of firefighters have served this City. From a modest start in 1874, the DFD protected 1,000 residents. Today, the Denton Fire Department has the responsibility to protect nearly 142,000 residents in an almost 100 square mile response area.

    The Denton Fire Department is comprised of 198 members that provide the citizens, students, and visitors of this community the highest level of emergency care and services. In addition to providing excellent emergency medical services and fire suppression, the Department also provides the following services:
    • Hazardous Materials Response
    • Swift Water Rescue
    • Technical Rescue
    • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting
    • Fire and Arson Investigation
    • Inspections and Plan Review
    • Community Education
    • Bomb Squad Response
    • Regional Fire Training Center
    Whether you have an emergency or just a question, the Denton Fire Department is here to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please browse the pages highlighting the Department and if you have any questions, you will find contact information under the Contact Us link. On behalf of myself and every member of the Denton Fire Department, we thank you for visiting this site.

    Chief Kenneth Hedges


Assistant Chief Brian Cox

Contact Assistant Chief Brian Cox
(940) 349-8831
  • Bio
    Assistant Chief Brian Cox is a 1989 graduate of Denton High School. Serving 6 years in the United States Navy, his love of firefighting began, assigned as a Team Leader on the U.S.S. Vicksburg (CG 69) damage control & firefighting teams. Honorably Discharged, he was hired by the Denton Fire Department in 1999. He proudly served much of his career in Denton’s UNT district, from Fire Station 3. Advocating for Denton firefighters, he has served on the Denton Firefighter’s Association (DFFA) Executive Board and assisted in every Meet & Confer contract between the City of Denton and DFFA. He has represented the City of Denton and the State of Texas as a member of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), responding to several Texas flooding disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. Chief Cox holds master certifications in structural & aircraft firefighting, among many other certifications. He is currently completing his Bachelors in Fire Science with Purdue Global University.

Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal David Becker

Contact Assistant Chief David Becker
(940) 349-8860
  • Bio
    Assistant Chief David Becker began his career with the Denton Fire Department in April 1996. Prior to joining the fire department, he served as a Military Police Officer and received an Honorable Discharge after 8 years of service. His love of public service led him to a career in the fire service. He has proudly served over 21 years in Fire Operations. Chief Becker has worked in each fire district in the Denton, as he promoted through the ranks from Firefighter up to Captain. His experience in Fire Operations exposed him to the unique culture and diversity of Denton. In October 2017, he was promoted to EMS Chief, a position in which he served for almost 2 years, before his appointment to Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief over Support Services. His current mission is to provide a safe and healthy community for citizens, visitors, and for Denton Fire Department members as they serve to protect lives and property in our community.