Results-driven Senior Captain eager to offer 15 years of loyal experience within the Houston Fire Department, as well as strong academic credentials and industry training, toward optimizing our continued success.
Integral leader who excels in promoting solutions-focused operations to strengthen the multicultural future of the Houston Fire Department which will be instrumental in better serving the diverse population of Houston, Texas.
Top performer who demonstrates a broad scope of expertise in all phases of forward-thinking fire safety work.
Ambitious self-starter who offers a background in structural firefighting, emergency medical services, first responder services, advanced life support, and emergency communications within fast-paced, high-pressure environments.
Excellent communicator who seamlessly interfaces among top officials, HFD teams, EMTs, and the general public.
Fluent in Spanish and English.
Noted as the 1st female Senior Captain in the Communications Division.
Recognized as the 1st Hispanic female Senior Captain in Houston Fire Department s history.
Honored with Houston Fire Department s prestigious Valor Award and Trailblazer Award for superior service.
Achieved numerous letters of commendation from citizens of Houston, the Fire Chief, and Mayor throughout career, along with attaining continuous outstanding ratings within rigorous Employee Performance Evaluations.
Acknowledged as the first female eligible for the Civil Service Chief Communications Promotional Exam.
Senior Captain / Emergency Communications (2007 C Present)
Apply dynamic leadership talents toward supervising and delegating high-volume dispatch operations to ensure appropriate response levels to address emergency incidents, as well as emergency dispatch of HFD apparatus to emergency incidents within the City of Houston and / or surrounding agencies requesting mutual aid from HFD.
Ensure consistent communications with the Houston Police Department for combined events with HFD teams.
Coordinate communications with the Office of Emergency Management during natural disasters and severe weather to guarantee fast response to emergency incidents and efficient evacuation of large-scale communities.
Activate and implement emergency procedures for Multiple Casualty Incidents or Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Oversee HFD apparatus and personnel to ensure appropriate response level and time to citizens of Houston.
Captain / Emergency Communications (2004 C 2007)
Strategically steered emergency dispatch of HFD apparatus to emergency incidents within the City of Houston and surrounding agencies requesting mutual aid, including continually liaising between the HPD during combined events.
Optimized departmental response time and the success of emergency procedures implementation by proactively coordinating communications with the Office of Emergency Management during natural disasters and severe weather events, as well as pertaining to critical Multiple Casualty Incidents or Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Engineer Operator / Paramedic (2000 C 2004)
Utilized broad scope of healthcare knowledge to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) within fast-paced medical and trauma emergencies, including managing administration of emergency drugs to stabilize life-threatening injuries, as well as ensuring safety and professionalism during stressful crowd interactions.
Responded to structural fires and served as RIT team standby to provide emergency care for HFD staff and citizens.
Led targeted decision-making among personnel and operations of medic units and high-pressure emergency scenes.
Communicated with Incident Commander and performed rapid triaging of victims during Multiple Casualty Incidents.
Participated in drug studies with Baylor College of Medicine as first line responders to emergency situations.
EMT / Firefighter (1995 C 2000)
Contributed solid knowledge of firefighting and public safety fundamentals to perform structural firefighting, salvage and overhaul applications at fire incidents, and extrication applications within motor vehicle entrapment incidents.
Provided Basic Life Support (BLS) for medical and trauma emergencies, and initiated public relations as required.
Implemented fire safety classes and demonstrations in appearances with the Houston Independent School District.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Projected 2010) Excelsior College
Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Engineering (In Progress) University of Houston, Downtown
Fire Sciences & Emergency Services Program Houston Community College
Associate Degree in Advertising Art Institute of Houston
Master Firefighter Certification Texas Commission on Fire Protection
Fire Protection Fire Service Instructor II Texas Commission on Fire Protection
Fire Communications Officer Certification National Emergency Communications Institute
Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Certification International Association of Fire Fighters
EMT / Paramedic Texas Department of State Health Services
Certified Personal Trainer National Academy of Sports Medicine
International Association of Fire Fighters Member
Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (Local 341) Member
IAFF Political Action Committee (PAC) Member / Contributor
Memorial Conservancy Group Volunteer
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Advocate
Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Contributor
Houston Marathon Participant • Homeless Advocate / Volunteer • Human Rights Campaign Contributor
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