For Winters firefighter Jesus Marquez, climbing into his stifling turnout gear and rushing to a grass fire in 100 degree weather or working an overtime weekend shift is a dream come true.
“I have made it a personal goal of mine to become a professional firefighter with the City of Winters,” Marquez, the newest full-time member of the Winters Fire Department, said.
The fire engineer is no stranger to the engine bays in Winters.
“I started pursuing my fire service career in 2015 and got hired as a volunteer firefighter with the Winters Fire Department and have always maintained my volunteer status with the department,” Marquez said.
His time as a Winters volunteer lead to work as a part-time firefighter with the Red Bluff City Fire Department. A full-time job with the Woodbridge Fire District soon followed.
However, in March of 2020 Marquez returned to his fire-fighting roots and he accepted a full-time job with the Winters FD.
“I have always admired the way the Winters Fire Department is always looking to improve themselves as an agency and to provide a better service the community,” he said.
As Marquez begins his fifth year as a professional firefighter, he is proud to return to where he started and to be with not just co-workers but with his community.
Winters Fire Chief, Brad L. Lopez said Marquez’s Swearing in Ceremony will take place on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the WFD station.