OWASSO, Oklahoma - The City of Owasso introduced its new fire chief Tuesday morning. Chris Garrett has been with the department since 2006 serving as the deputy fire chief.

He now leads a team of 53 uniformed staff.

"We have 48 in operations," he said, serving at the city's three fire stations.

Garrett's firefighting career began as a volunteer in 1976. He was hired by the city of Richmond, Virginia where he spent almost 25 years rising through the ranks.

Garrett said he received a Master of Science degree in Fire and Emergency Administration from Oklahoma State University. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Garrett recently completed the four-year U.S. Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.

He is married to Valerie, a special ed teacher at Stone Canyon Elementary School. The couple has five daughters and 10 grandchildren.