Drexel Heights Fire District is pleased to announce the promotion of the following officers:
Captain Frank Mendez was promoted to Battalion Chief. He will take the helm on our C Shift. BC Mendez joined the Drexel Heights family in June 2000 and quickly earned his paramedic certification in November 2004. In June 2016 he was promoted to Captain. BC Mendez is also a fire investigator while continuing to lead the way on C Shift.
Captain Eddie Riesgo was promoted to Battalion Chief and he is taking the helm on our B Shift. BC Riesgo joined Drexel Heights in February of 2005. He earned his paramedic in 2014 and he pinned on his captain’s bugles in April 2019. BC Riesgo is an active Union Member and he leads the DHFD Special Teams.
FF Robert Santoro was promoted to Captain and he is taking the lead at Station 405 on B Shift. Captain Santoro joined Drexel Heights in October 2009. Earning his paramedic certification in 2017, Captain Santoro has continued to lead the way for all of our firefighters and paramedics.
FF David Rock was promoted to Captain and he is taking the lead at 405A. Captain Rock earned his paramedic certification in December 2019 and he also serves as one of the lead Peer Fitness Trainers for Drexel Heights. Captain Rock sets an example for all firefighters to emulate.
Congratulations to these Drexel Heights Officers. We look forward to the great things you will do!
Tips to Stay Safe
Our recent safety articles have addressed what to do to prevent commonly known causes of fire. Now let us talk about what to do if a fire breaks out. The obvious answer is to get out of the house quickly. But did you realize a fire may spread through the house in as little as two minutes!
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For the safety of our employees and the public, all of our Fire Stations have been closed and the public will not be granted access. Employees will continue to work and our readiness to respond to calls for assistance will not be affected. Residents requiring medical care or other services are directed to call 9-1-1.
Thank you for your patience as the Nation deals with the COVID-19 outbreak.
DID YOU KNOW. . . IF YOU NEED HELP, AND CAN'T CALL, YOU CAN NOW TEXT 9-1-1!!!