Bret Fossum

President, Board of Commissioners

Bret Fossum is no stranger to the world of emergency services. He grew up in eastern North Dakota where his Dad served as the fire chief of a rural fire department. During this time Bret was a junior volunteer who gleaned invaluable institutional knowledge as he served to help protect the community in which he lived. 

To improve his knowledge of fire science, he attended classes at the Texas A&M Fire Academy and regularly attends SAFE-D certification seminars to stay current with matters that impact the state of Texas and the District.

Bret is a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota. He has been employed by ConocoPhillips as a geologist since 1982 where he’s held several global management and individual contributor positions. Other professional accomplishments include being the chairman of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Datapages company and an active member of the UND Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering corporate advisory board. Bret is also a Certified Petroleum Geologist with the AAPG and a member of the Department of Professional Affairs, a group dedicated to promoting ethical behavior in the oil and gas industry. 

Bret has been a resident of the West Houston area since 1987 and is dedicated to preserving an environment of safety within his community. Bret joined the Harris County ESD 48 Board of Directors in 2015.

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