Chief Ted Lovett brings over 25 years of
experience within the Lufkin Fire Department. Chief Lovett was
employed by the City of Lufkin in 1986 as a dispatcher, and later
that year in December became a probationary firefighter. After
completing all required certifications and graduating from the Texas
A&M fire academy in 1987 was assigned to fire station 1 downtown
Lufkin. Completed Paramedic certification through Angelina College
in 1989 and later assigned to the first dedicated Rescue squad.
During that time was active on the first Hazardous Materials team
and acquired HazMat Technician in which he is still certified.
In 1990 promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and spent the next
several years at Station 1 and Station 4 while working part time at
Woodland Heights Cardiac Cath. Lab, owned/operated underwater
salvage business, contracted dive services through local dive shop,
and served on the Angelina County Underwater Search and Rescue Team.
Promoted to Captain in 1997 and was transferred to EMS/Supply
Coordinator in Fire Administration. While in that position Lovett
began absorbing the responsibilities of ordering EMS and Fire
related equipment/apparatus which included standardizing the EMS
Fleet with Frazer ambulances, and Pierce Fire Apparatus. Seeing the
opportunity after the 911 terrorist attacks to capitalize on new
grant opportunities, started experimenting with grants and has
successfully written and acquired grants for over two million
dollars in equipment such as: new fire apparatus, fire training
simulator trailer, thermal imaging cameras, hazardous material
detection equipment, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, and
numerous other equipment and training opportunities. In 2005
promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and was assigned to the
training office. Obtained degree in Fire Administration and
graduated the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy as well as completed the
Special Operations Program Management and Health and Safety Officer
programs at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.
Instructor certified with the Department of State Health Services,
Master firefighter, and Instructor II with the Texas Commission on
Fire Protection. Serves on advisory board for Paramedic, and Fire
programs at Angelina College, and continues to instruct at Fire
Academy. State Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters
“Everyone Goes Home” program, and co-coordinator of the City of
Lufkin Wellness and Fitness program.
to the fire service, received an honorable discharge from the United
States Air Force having served in Europe, and Stateside as a
Munitions / Missile Systems Specialist.