Six young men stood proudly before a full house of community members, city officials,
friends and family at Mesquite Fire Headquarters on Jan. 24 to receive their badges as reserve members of Fire and Rescue. The new reserves include Danny Diaz, Ruben Garcia, Kage Hardy, Jason Ortiz, Jason Wittwer and Eden Wynd. This is the first group of reserves added to the department in about a year.
Incoming Fire Chief Jayson Andrus introduced the six men to the audience. He then called
on the designated friend or family member to come forward to pin his badge on the new member’s uniform. The six reserves took their oath of office from City Clerk, Tracy Beck, completing the official ceremony.
The men are certified emergency medical technicians, and will continue training for advanced duties during their service as supplemental, part time staff of the department. Each man will serve at least two 24-hour shifts a month during his reserve period.
Their addition to the force helps carry the substantial burden of ambulance and emergency medical work for Mesquite and surrounding area. Police Chief Troy Tanner pointed out that, “Ninety percent of the work of Mesquite Fire and Rescue involves medical emergencies. Only ten percent of their work involves fires or other duties.”
Andrus, an 11-year veteran of Mesquite Fire and Rescue, takes over leadership of the department from Tanner, who has doubled as interim head of Fire and Rescue for the past six months. Andrus will be officially sworn in before the city council on Feb. 13.
Mesquite Fire and Rescue provides 24-hour basic, intermediate, and advanced life support, as well as specialty care response and transport. The department operates from three locations in Mesquite, including the downtown facility adjacent to City Hall, the Mesquite Municipal Airport, and Fire and Rescue Headquarters at Fire House #3 in the Mesquite Business Park.