Mesquite, TX – August 5, 2021 – Mesquite Fire Department held a promotion/swearing-in ceremony on August 5 at the Mesquite Arts Center to recognize the recent promotions of rank and new members to the department. The event celebrated 28 firefighters who have given nearly 400 years of combined service to the community.
Fire Chief Russell Wilson said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to take the time to honor these firefighters in front of their families and create an event that shines a bright light on their outstanding accomplishments.” Russell shared that the promotions range from his new Assistant Chiefs, Billy Massey and Tommy Green, and Deputy Chief Brian Staples as well as a variety of ranks that are Captains, Lieutenants, and Driver-Engineers.
Last year the Mesquite Fire Department had more than 19,000 calls for service. This included 406 fire responses involving 133 structure fires, 14,301 EMS responses, 1,320 false alarms and 3,033 other responses for mutual aid, hazards materials and various other public service calls.
Mayor Bruce Archer, who addressed the honorees at the ceremony, said, “Through a world-wide pandemic, a regional ice storm and operating a reception center for hurricane evacuees – this department was always ready. Your character and call of duty will continue to be needed in your new roles with the Mesquite Fire Department.”
|Billy Massey||Assistant Chief|
|Tommy Green||Assistant Chief|
|Charles Wes Waugaman (Wes)||Driver-Engineer|
|Gerald Wayne Lasater (Wayne)||Driver-Engineer|
|Robert Blake Turner (Blake)||Driver-Engineer|
|Brian Staples||Deputy Chief|