Chief Woolley

Joe L. Woolley has been with the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 1989. He retired from the Sugar Land Fire Department as a Battalion Chief after 36 years of service. He was hired as Fire Chief of Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department in December 2012.


Chief Woolley currently holds advanced certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Structural Fire Fighter, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter, and Fire Instructor II, as well as Fire Officer IV. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic with the Texas Department of Health. He is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, a two-year program.


He has been married to his wonderful wife Marie Woolley for 30 years, and has two grown sons, Jesse and Jacob. Jesse followed Dad and is a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department, while Jacob followed Mom and works for the Lamar CISD. Chief Woolley and his family have lived in Pecan Grove for 28 years.


William Hoft has been with the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 2004. He currently works for a fire & life safety company in the Cypress area as the Inspections Manager.

William currently holds certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Structural Fire Fighter, Wild Land Fire Fighter & HazMat Awareness. He completed Fire Instructor I & Fire Officer I with Wharton County Junior College in 2013. William  is also an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic with the Texas Department of Health.


He and his fiancé Kristin and their son have lived in the Pecan Grove community since 2010.


One of his favorite parts with PGVFD is the family atmosphere and the camaraderie shared amongst all members of the department.

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Jerod Vontz’s career in Emergency Services started with the Pecan Grove Fire Department in 1993, where he quickly realized his love for emergency services and pursued a career in public safety. He worked for Nalco/Exxon Energy Company as a member of the Emergency Response Team, then joined the Sugar Land Fire Department in 1999 where he continues to serve today as an Operations Battalion Chief. Jerod has provided extensive training for the department, including driver training, hazmat training, fire suppression, and incident management. He also developed the response roles of apparatus for Sugar Land Fire-EMS.  


Jerod is currently a member of the San Jac Incident Management Team, Texas Fire Chiefs Assoc., International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Academy Alumni, and an ARFF Ad Hoc Committee member of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He also holds numerous certifications including Master Firefighter, Hazmat Technician, EMT-Intermediate, Fire Officer II, Driver Operator, Incident Safety Officer and Instructor III to name a few. He is also a lead instructor for the Wharton County Jr. College and service as the Asst. Coordinator of the Fire Academy.  


He has been married for 17 years to his wonderful wife, Jennifer and has four sons: Josh, Hayden, Garrett and Nathan. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Columbia So. University in General Education, and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration with Waldorf University. 


Denise Davis has been with Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 2001.  She retired from her full-time job as a Flight Nurse/ Paramedic with Memorial Hermann Hospital approximately five years ago. She has over thirty years of experience in the fire, emergency, and hospital critical care services. 

Denise is a registered nurse, Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), licensed paramedic, and basic certified firefighter. She has Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing, and a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. She is an ordained minister and is currently pursuing a degree of Divinity from a Christian Leaders University.

She has been married to her husband, Del since 1994. They have a blended family with a total of six children and nine grandchildren. In addition to serving with Pecan Grove Fire Department, Denise leads medical mission trips to various parts of the world including India and the Middle East. She was with one of the first international rescue teams to help in Haiti following their earthquake in 2010. She is also the director for her church’s medical team.

Denise and her family have lived in Pecan Grove for many years and she considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve friends and neighbors in Pecan Grove and surrounding areas. 

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