Fire Chief Medrano has over 25 years of experience in the fire service. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science and Bachelor’s in Emergency Management Administration from West Texas A & M University. He has worked as an adjunct instructor with the El Paso Community College Fire Technology program for over nine years.
Chief Medrano started his fire service career with the El Paso Fire Department in January 1994 promoting and rising through the ranks, retiring as Captain and Hazardous Material Coordinator in April 2020. During his tenure with the El Paso Fire Department he earned the certifications of Master Firefighter, Fire Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician and Master Fire Instructor. He specialized his training in hazardous materials, bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction and technical rescue responses as well as emergency incident management.
From 2005 through 2009 Chief Medrano was the Assistant Coordinator for the El Paso Office of Emergency Management. During this time, he coordinated receiving evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and assisted in the coordination and command of the 2006 El Paso Flooding disaster. These responses entitled him to receive certifications as a state level Operations and Planning Section Chief which allowed him to participate in four federally declared disasters with the Texas Lone Star Incident Management Team.
Chief Medrano was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a 1990 graduate of J.M. Hanks High School. He married his wife Elaine Lopez Medrano in 1991. Together they raised their son Gabriel.
Batallion Chief Ramiro Rios has thirty-five years’ experience in the Fire Service. He holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and an Associate’s degree in Fire Management. He has worked as an adjunct instructor with the El Paso Community College Fire Technology program for the last seventeen years.
Chief Rios started his fire service career with the El Paso Fire Department in October 1984 and completed a sixteen-week academy in February 1985. His twenty-three-year career consisted of testing for, promoting, and rising through the ranks as a Fire Suppression Technician, Lieutenant, Captain and retired as a Battalion Chief in August 2007.
Upon retiring from the El Paso Fire Department, at age 45, he immediately started the Las Cruces Fire Department nineteen-week academy. He received the 25th Fire Academy Leadership Award. He worked as a Fire Fighter and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter with the Las Cruces Fire Department for nine years, leaving the department in November 2016.
Chief Rios was employed by the Sunland Park Fire Department as a Captain in August 2009 and was promoted to Battalion Chief in July 2010. He has proudly served the Sunland Park Community for over 10 years.
Chief Rios was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a 1981 graduate of Austin High School. He married his High School Sweetheart, Christina Campos Rios, in 1986. They are active parishioners of St. Patrick Cathedral. Together they have raised three sons, one daughter and are grandparents. He served Honorably in the United States Naval Reserves for six years.