Cande Flores became the City of Abilene’s Fire Chief on June 1, 2018. He was born and raised in Abilene and has over 25 years of experience in the fire service. He graduated from Abilene High School and has attended Hardin-Simmons University and Cisco College. He previously led the Abilene Fire Department’s Support Services Division. This included procurement and maintenance of the department’s facilities, apparatus, supplies and equipment.
Chief Flores also managed Fire Prevention, Training/Emergency Medical Service (EMS
), Organizational Development, and Data Management personnel. Chief Flores is a Paramedic, a Basic EMS
Coordinator and has several certifications through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. His goal is to provide the citizens of Abilene with a Fire Department that excels in customer service and operational readiness.