Serving as the first full-time fire chief since 1986, Chief Ron Moellenberg has been a leader in the Pflugerville community with a dedication to pursuing excellence in the service provided by Travis County ESD No. 2 / Pflugerville Fire Department.
Chief Moellenberg attended Tarleton State University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged from active duty, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Bio-Medical Science at Texas A&M University in 1975. After working in West Texas for the Texas Department of Health – Immunization Division, he transferred to the Austin office in 1977. While employed with the Texas Department of Health, he was responsible for the development, coordination, and management of rash-fever illness surveillance and measles control in the state and had several related articles published, including an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
While working for the Texas Department of Health in Austin, Chief Moellenberg began to forge a new career path in the fire services industry when he joined the Pflugerville Volunteer Fire Department. He worked in administrative positions as well as through the ranks before being elected to the Volunteer Fire Chief position. In 1986 he left the Texas Department of Health to become a full-time Fire Chief.
Since becoming Fire Chief, Chief Moellenberg has led the transition from an all-volunteer service organization to a combination of volunteer and paid service to now a career department with uniformed personnel and civilian staff members. Chief Moellenberg introduced Compressed Air Foam (CAF) Technology as a means to effectively use personnel resources, improve fire suppression to reduce property loss, and to conserve valuable water resources. He worked with the Texas State Legislature to approve legislation to give insurance credit to homeowners in communities that use CAF Technology.
In addition to being a leader within the Pflugerville community, including previously serving as Alderman on the City Council, Chief Moellenberg has served as an officer on numerous international, national, state and county fire industry associations. He is also an honorary member of the British Fire Services Association. Additionally, Chief Moellenberg lends his expertise and serves as a Command Officer for the Capital Area Hazardous Materials Advisory Board and is one of five area coordinators for emergency resources for any and all disasters.