Lucero becomes first Hispanic Chief Officer at Amarillo Fire Department
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) —
The Amarillo Fire Department announced that on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., CPT. Jaime Lucero will be promoted to District Chief.
According to officials, Lucero will be AFD's first Hispanic Chief Officer. Promotions are obtained by studying firefighting and management related textbooks and then testing against other firefighters over the materials in those books.
“The tests are highly competitive and I put in a lot of long hours studying for this promotion," Lucero said. "But, it was not only my sacrifice but my family’s as well. They supported me and I couldn’t have done it without their help and prayers. I am a Christian and I believe God has blessed me and put me in this position for a purpose.”
When asked about the significance of being AFD's first Hispanic Chief Officer Lucero said that he hasn't thought much about it but he believes an individual can achieve success regardless of their ethnicity or nationality. He also said he hopes his achievements will inspire others.
AFD said that as a unit they are proud of District Chief Lucero and what his accomplishment means to both his family and the community.