San Rafael Fire District #9
|Chief Clarence Marez
|San Rafael Fire Department|
Clarence Marez is a 6-year veteran with the fire service. He started in 1988 with the Grants Fire and Rescue for 4 years then went to be a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in 1991. Most of his career was in law enforcement, working for Milan Police Department as Animal Control Officer/ Code Enforcement Officer followed by Cibola County Sheriff’s Department as Court Security Supervisor/Evidence Custodian. He then was promoted to Deputy Sheriff. Mr. Marez worked for Laguna Police Department as a Patrol Officer. He joined the San Rafael Volunteer Fire Department in August 2014 as a Volunteer Firefighter and in January 2015 was nominated and voted in as Fire Chief. Knowing it was an important and busy position, he accepted the position. He vowed to do the best he could to help the department and department members with training, equipment and anything else that was needed to help with the protection of the San Rafael Volunteer Fire District Community and surrounding communities in Cibola County when called upon for assistance from the other departments. Clarence Marez has been the Chief for the San Rafael District for 2 years since he has been chief the department has gained more training, and within the last 4 months has added a 2016 Freightliner 2000-gal tanker (with the help of the past chiefs saving budget carry-over monies from the budget and starting process) a 2016 Dodge 3500 4x4 crew cab with 12,500-lb winch that is now equipped with a 300-gal slide in unit. The 300-gal slide in unit was donated in 2006 and was not being utilized. The 2016 dodge was purchased thru a Fire Marshal Grant that Chief and Assistant Chief Lawrence Chavez put in for and recently a 2007 Chevy Tahoe that was transferred from the Sheriff’s Department to the County Fire Marshal’s Office, then transferred to the San Rafael Volunteer Fire District where it will be used as command vehicle.
San Rafael Department Mission:
We as the San Rafael Volunteer Fire District have the community as our first priority and will do our best to protect it whether it be medical, fire or any other situation that may arise. Rest assured that we, the San Rafael Fire District will be there for our community and surrounding communities in our County when needed.
San Rafael Volunteer Fire District 9
Currently our department is classified with a rating of an ISO Class 9. Chief Marez, and the current fire personnel have been working closely with the State Fire Marshal to have an ISO inspection and possibly drop our rating to an 8 or lower which will help the community pay less for home insurance.
Remember Safety First
May God Bless you and keep you safe always.
A special thank you to Mr. Edwin Mirabal Sr. who helped contribute information about the San Rafael Volunteer Fire District.
Available Monday-Friday 12 pm - 4 pm
Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 pm
There are 3 trainings a month and one business meeting.
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