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Assistant Chief Mario Partida
partida2.jpgPlanning and Development
SLFD’s Planning and Development Division provides executive-level support in the areas of planning, research and development. The Division works extensively with other City, State and Federal agencies, along with various private sector entities, to provide input and coordination on various aspects of Fire and EMS services. The Division is also responsible for coordinating and planning Fire Station and Administrative Facilities, Fleet Vehicle Purchases, Fire Apparatus Purchases and acquisition of new equipment. Additional responsibilities include recruiting, hiring, promotional processes, grants, and developing and updating SOPs.

The Planning and Development Division includes the Administrative and the Training Group both overseen by Battalion Chiefs. Administrative Battalion Chief Doug Boeker is responsible for Professional Standards Administrative Investigations, special projects, quality control and safety. The Training Battalion Chief Jerod Vontz oversees the Training Group that includes two Captains; Captain Kip Hilgers and one current vacancy and is responsible for all Fire, EMS and special skills training. This group is also responsible for overseeing department testing, performance and quality control.

About Assistant Fire Chief Mario Partida
Chief Partida began his professional career with the Sugar Land Fire Department in January 1991 and has held the positions of Firefighter, Engineer/Operator, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief over Training and most recently Battalion Chief over Administration. He also served as Interim Assistant Fire Chief in 2008. Chief Partida holds certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as Firefighter Intermediate, Aircraft Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Service Instructor II and Fire Officer II. He is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-B by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Chief Partida is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy; a 2 year program at St. Edwards University Austin, in partnership with the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.  As a graduate of the academy, this prestigious program included completion of Fire Officer Development III and IV. He is currently completing course work towards a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Degree from Columbia Southern University in Alabama. He was a Fire Academy Instructor for Wharton County Junior College for over 10 years and is now an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M/TEEX in College Station.

Chief Partida was born in Houston, Texas, but began his firefighting career with Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department in the mid 1980’s when he and his family made Fort Bend County their home. They currently reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

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