Henderson Fire

Meet the Chief

Matthew_MorrisMatthew L. Morris

Fire Chief


Office Telephone: (702) 267-2211
Office Fax: (702) 267-2223
E-Mail: Matthew.Morris@cityofhenderson.com

Professional Biography:

Chief Matthew L. Morris was selected as the 10th city of Henderson fire chief in January 2016. He started with the city in January 1996 as a firefighter/paramedic, advancing to captain, battalion chief and deputy fire chief. Committed to ensuring public safety through emergency service delivery, prevention and quality public education, Chief Morris has prioritized safety, professionalism, customer service and organizational excellence for the city’s Fire Department. Known as a gifted and talented leader with strong business acumen, Chief Morris has a strategic vision that is built upon data-driven analysis and strong business practices.

While Morris served as deputy chief, the city of Henderson was the only Nevada organization recognized in 2015 by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency for the city’s efforts to prepare the community for emergencies with the Get READY! Stay READY! campaign. Additionally, the city of Henderson is now recognized as the top in the nation for cardiac survivability and achieved reaccreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).

Chief Morris originally began his fire service career as a reserve firefighter/emergency medical technician in 1990 for Boulder City, Nevada. Prior to that, he served four years as an avionics technician in the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1984 to 1988.

Chief Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is completing his MBA. He will also graduate from the National Fire Academy in June 2016 from the Executive Fire Officer program.

Chief Morris is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has been serving on the Nevada Public Safety Communication Committee by gubernatorial appointment since 2013.