Jaime R. Guzman, Fire Chief
The Fire Administration division includes the (1) Fire Chief, (1) Assistant Fire Chief, (1) Deputy Fire Chief, (1) Administrative Secretary, and (2) Secretaries.
The Fire Chief is responsible for the planning, development and direction of the complete program of fire administration, fire suppression, and fire prevention services. He is also accountable for the proper management, discipline & training of all members of the Fire Department. He directs the overall operations, enforces rules, regulations, & procedures of the department and prepares & tracks the Fiscal Year Budget.
The Fire Chief is responsible, through study and consultation with City Officials, for developing recommendations for the protection of life and property in the City and the surrounding extra territorial jurisdiction. Administrative duties include planning, directing, and controlling departmental activities including recruitment of personnel purchase of equipment, control of expenditures, preparation of budget estimates, and the assignment of personnel and equipment. The Fire Chief consults with the City Manager on problems of policy and planning, but works independently in supervising technical operations. The Chief of the Fire Department is appointed by the City Manager and is under his/her administrative direction. He shall be responsible for the proper management, discipline, and training of all members of the fire department.
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Carlos Mandujano, Assistant Fire Chief
The Assistant Fire Chief is responsible, through study and consultation with City Officials, for developing recommendations for the protection of life and property in the City and the surrounding ETJ by supporting and promoting the mission and values of the City and the Department. The Assistant Fire Chief is to provide leadership for the department members toward conducting our lives on a daily basis in accordance with the mission and values. Furthermore, the Assistant Fire Chief shall assist and support the Fire Chief in providing a vision for the Department and to plan for the successful implementation of that vision.
The Assistant Fire Chief shall assist in planning, directing and reviewing the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, hazard material mitigation, fire and life safety code compliance, contracted emergency medical services, and administrative support services. He/she shall assist in coordinating assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies, and shall provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Fire Chief. Assigned activities shall include but are not limited to the following: planning, directing and controlling departmental activities including recruitment and training of personnel, purchase and repair of equipment, control of expenditures preparation of budget estimates, and the assignment of personnel and equipment. The Assistant Fire Chief consults with the Fire Chief on problems of policy and planning, but works independently in supervising technical operations. The Assistant Chief of the Fire Department is appointed by the Fire Chief and is under his/her administrative direction. Section 143.013(b) The Fire Chief shall make the appointment of the Assistant Fire Chief from interested civil service employees that have a permanent classification in at least an officer level of the fire department and meet the requirements for appointment as head of a fire department as prescribed.
Carlos Arispe Jr., Deputy Fire Chief
The Deputy Fire Chief assists the Fire Chief in performing administrative and technical matters of the Fire Department and is responsible for work of considerable difficulty within the overall operation of the Fire Department. The Deputy Fire Chief of Risk Management’s work involves planning, directing and controlling administrative and technical services and activities, supervising and providing for the training, safety and discipline of departmental personnel under his control. This position requires considerable knowledge of Administrative, Training, Safety, Fitness, Maintenance and Suppression methods and techniques in making proper determinations on varied work problems encountered. Work may involve, but is not limited to the maintenance and upkeep of all certifications, hours of training and equipment of the Fire Department. Furthermore, the Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for the physical fitness, physical assessment and wellbeing of all personnel of the Fire Department. He also serves as the Return to Work Coordinator for the Fire Department and investigates all instances of injury. The Deputy Fire Chief consults and receives advice and direction from the Fire Chief with respect to general policies, programs, plans and objectives for the Fire Department; however, he/she is expected to demonstrate initiative exercise discretion and generally function independently of supervision with respect to technical procedures and practices. The Deputy Fire Chief is an exempt employee who works forty (40) hours per week, but may work hours outside the normal 8-5 workday.