Danny retired from the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department after serving 31 years. During his career, he gained 14 years of executive management experience with the fire service and ultimately rose to the position of Assistant Chief of Emergency Operations Division and second in command of the Fire-Rescue Department. As the Assistant Chief, Danny was responsible for fire suppression and rescue services, emergency medical services, field inspection and fire prevention activities, hazardous materials response, aircraft rescue fire fighting, and technical rescue response from 55 fire stations that were manned by 1500 firefighter/paramedics with a budget of $150,000,000.
From 1997 until 2001, Danny coordinated the Domestic Terrorism Preparedness Program for the City of Dallas. Danny was extensively involved in the development of the Metropolitan Medical Response System for the City of Dallas which enhanced the public safety response to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. As the Executive Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations (1990-1991), Danny was responsible for coordinating the activities of the two fire suppression divisions, nine fire districts, and the emergency medical service division. He developed the "Terrorism Response and Management Plan" for the City of Dallas and secured grant funding of $1,800,000 for the City of Dallas domestic terrorism preparedness initiatives over the period of 1997 through 2003. He also developed and implemented the Fire Department Strategic Plan for 2000 through 2005. Danny has related experience in strategic planning, staffing and equipment needs assessment, and master planning of fire station locations.
In recent years, Danny has been very active with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Public Safety Response to Terrorism (1998 and 2002), the Domestic Preparedness Stakeholders Forum (1998), the Texas Engineering Extension Service Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Board (1997 to the present), and the International City/County Management Association Fire Technical Advisory Committee (1995 through 1998).
Danny holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis on Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, from the University of North Texas. He has also held or holds certifications as a State of Texas Master Firefighter (1979 to the present), and Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic (1973 through 1983), and is a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (1991). He has attended specialized training from the U.S. Department of Defense Domestic Preparedness Awareness, Operations, and Incident Command courses (1998), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Command Course (2003).
Danny is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Prevention Association, the North Central Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and the Dallas County Fire Chiefs Association.