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August 4th, 2009
New fire chief to be sworn in Friday

New San Marcos Fire and Rescue Chief Les Stephens.


San Marcos will swear in new Fire and Rescue Chief Les Stephens Friday at the San Marcos Activity Center. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.

The event will include an honor guard, the posting of the colors, an invocation, and bag pipes. Mayor Susan Narvaiz and City Manager Rick Menchacha are scheduled to speak at the function. Menchacha will administer the oath of office and Stephens’ wife, Marcia, will pin the badge on the new fire chief.

A reception follows the ceremony.

Stephens begins work this week as the twelfth San Marcos Fire and Rescue Chief. The department was founded in 1884. He takes charge of a department that includes 51 professional firefighters, an assistant chief, a division chief and an administrative coordinator.

The new fire chief is a 20-year veteran of fire service who starting as a volunteer firefighter with the River Oaks Fire Department in Tarrant County when he was a teenager. At age 18, he joined the Garland Fire Department.

Stephens served for 18 years he served as a firefighter, paramedic, driver/engineer, captain and battalion chief in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. Garland has 247 firefighting personnel and operates 11 fire stations.

Stephens has an Associate degree in fire protection from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth and is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program. His fire service certifications include Master Firefighter, Fire Officer l, Fire Officer ll, Intermediate Instructor,  Hazardous Materials Technician and Licensed Paramedic.



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