El Centro Fire Station firefighters promoted, celebrated
El Centro Deputy City Clerk Clara Obeso leads the oath of newly promoted fire captains, engineers and trainees Wednesday. Twelve firefighters were promoted. (ALEJANDRO DAVILA PHOTO / May 16, 2012)
Most of the promotions and trainee recognitions are part of the staffing plans of Fire Station No.3, said interim Fire Chief Timothy Reel.
Fire Station No. 3 is set to be inaugurated June 14.
In total, 12 people were commended in the ceremony. Four firefighters were promoted to captains, another four to engineers and four individuals were recognized as trainees.
“This is the future,” said Reel, and these promotions represent the largest number of promotions done in a long time.
“Captains are crucial decision-makers in safety operations” and crucial for the department, Reel said before calling Capts. Joseph Bernal, Brad Wilkinson Trey Faubion and James Payne.
The recently promoted captains were pinned by their loved ones.
The promotion is a challenge and means “a lot more work” for Bernal, “but I welcome the opportunity to make a positive change in the community.”
“Engineers are the backbone” of the fire station, Reel said after captains were pinned.
Brandon Sanders, Daniel Jauregui, Mike Marquez and Brad Chapin, were then called by Reel.
This was an exciting day that Fire Engineer Jauregui had been looking forward to, he said.
This is the start of a new chapter and just a step in his career, Jauregui said.
Jauregui hopes to become a captain in the future, he said, but for now he’s excited and looking forward to his new duties.
Firefighter trainees were last but not least in the event. Bryce Medicus, Nick Cardone, Danny Jones and Erik Shiroishi were recognized and also pinned.
City Manager Ruben Duran and Mayor Sedalia Sanders were present and addressed the firefighters with words of praise and encouragement.
“This is a big success story,” said Duran, adding that the Fire Department has progressed substantially in the past eight years.
Sanders spoke on behalf of the City Council and said the council is proud of the firefighters and the families “for lending you to the city.”
“I tip my hat to (you),” Sanders said in her closing remarks, “and for the wonderful job that you are doing.”
This day “means a lot” for firefighter trainee Danny Jones.
“A whole lot of work is finally paying off,” Jones said before adding he’s excited and above all, “proud to serve the city of El Centro.”
Staff Writer Alejandro Davila can be reached at 760-337-3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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