Fire Department Leadership
Welcome Ivan Hernandez
The City of Windcrest would like to give a big welcome to our new Fire Chief, Ivan Hernandez. Ivan studied Sociology at the University of Texas in Austin, he has an Associates Fire Science degree from San Antonio College, a bachelor degree in Homeland Security from Texas A&M San Antonio, and became certified with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for Paramedicine. Ivan has 28 years of experience as a Firefighter and Paramedic and teaches at the Regional Fire Academy. He was previously employed as the Senior Captain in Shavano Park and was their lead Arson Investigator.
Fire Chief's Mission for the future of the Windcrest Fire Department:
It is my responsibility as a leader, of the department, to communicate effectively with our members to support their goals while maintaining our core mission of protecting the community. My goal is to be a good mentor to my department. Mentorship or succession planning as a personal goal may not be easily or readily measured. If you make the paradigm shift to being a steward leader, you may not know when you have impacted a developing leader. I took this mindset on several years ago and wanted to give back to young leaders. That’s the reason I became an adjunct fire instructor at the San Antonio Regional Fire Academy. It took some time for me to feel comfortable with passing along what I had learned since I always feel there is more to learn. Each of us wants something out of life. As humans, one of the things we want to leave behind is a legacy. I hear regularly that our service is weak in succession planning. As a personal professional goal, I suggest putting effort into finding your replacement. Become a mentor to a member who has demonstrated the mettle to fill your shoes. This can be scary for many leaders as they feel they are indispensable, and the department or station will fail without them at the helm. It has been my philosophy that leadership is difficult because it is the leaders' responsibility to help make each person working for them successful.
I have an open-door policy, if anyone has any questions regarding anything fire-related, please don’t hesitate to come by or call our office.
Assistant Fire Chief
Robert Weidenbach serves as the Assistant Fire Chief and Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Windcrest.
Robert began with the Windcrest Fire Department in 1996 as a volunteer. Through his hard work and dedication to the department, Robert found himself promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in 2017. In 2019, Robert's position became paid in an effort to keep up with the increase in call volume and responsibilities of the Assistant Chief.
Robert's goal is to see the department continue with the same dedication and energy that he has seen in his 25+ years with the city.