Chief Ricardo Reyes
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
Ricardo Reyes ( Fire Chief ) is a 1995 graduate of Rio Grande City High School and a 1996 graduate of the Rio Grande Valley Fire Academy. He began his fire service as a voluntary firefighter in the department in 1992. He has served as a Firefighter, Driver, Lieutenant and Captain prior to his appointment as Interim Fire Chief in 2002. Reyes is a certified instructor, fire inspector and fire investigator by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and a member of the Rio Grande Valley Fire Academy Association and the South Texas Arson Team. He is an active member of the Rio Grande City Salvation Army and the Rio Grande City Volunteer Fire Department.
As first responders to fires, medical emergencies, public safety and disasters; RGCFD protects the lives and property of Rio Grande city residents and its visitors. The Department advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs. The appropriate deliverance of these services enables the RGCFD to make significant contributions to the safety of Rio Grande City and our adjacent communities.
The department shall perform the following functions:
- Fire Prevention: Prevent fire and detect unsafe fire conditions including violations of the penal ordinances of the City.
- Fire Enforcement: Administer and enforce laws regulating, directing, controlling and restricting the possession or use of fireworks and flammable material within the City.
- Training/Education: Operate a training/education program to maintain and deliver the competency and efficiency of the members of the department.
- Incident Report Preparation: Prepare reports/statistics on injuries to any individual and property that occur by fire hazards.
- Professional Department: The RGCFD boasts the best trained and professionally equipped fire department. Personnel receive training and are certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCPF). The department is a “First Responder”, and provides basic first aid and services in the event of a medical emergency.
- Emergency Management Plan: The City’s Emergency Management Plan (EMP), provides basic information to respond in the event of a natural or civic emergency. The department is accountable for the principle responsibility to administer the plan of action. The department works with various agencies such as the commission on State Emergency communications (CSEC), to ensure a rapid response in such events.