John De La Garza

John De La Garza, Adjunct Professor

Dr. John De La Garza served in the San Antonio Fire Department for 33 years, during which time he saw duty as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Inspector and Training Officer.  In 1993 John was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain, and was subsequently appointed to the position of Training Director. He later became the department’s Training Coordinator at the San Antonio Fire Academy.

John has earned both a Doctor of Philosophy as well as a Master of Science degree in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University—College Station. He also earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree in Spanish from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science from San Antonio College.

Dr. De La Garza was an adjunct professor at San Antonio College for 22 years, where he taught Fire Science in the department of Protective Services. He has received additional training at several institutions of higher learning including The National Fire Academy at Emmitsburg, Maryland, the Texas Fire School at Texas A&M University, and the International Fire Service Training Center at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. De La Garza designed and implemented numerous educational programs for the fire service including physical fitness training for recruit personnel, high water rescue, cultural diversity, fire officer development, and methods of teaching courses for fire service instructors. He also played a major role in the development of an Employee Assistance Program for the San Antonio Fire Department. Dr. John De La Garza is currently an adjunct professor of Public Safety Management at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.