At the April 5 Special Virtual meeting, City Council unanimously approved the decision to appoint Mario Partida as the new MCTX Fire & Rescue Services Chief.
Partida, who has been Acting Fire Chief since November, 2020, brings 26 years’ of experience in fire operations and support services to the executive public safety role and he will be vital in managing new processes, especially as it relates to the adoption of new business procedures, technologies and fire safety methods.
Partida joined the City of Missouri City as Assistant Fire Chief in 2019 and was promoted to Acting Fire Chief in 2020. In his tenure with the City, he has also been Department Operations and City Emergency Operations Center Planning Section Chief and Incident Commander. He has also served as a Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Adjunct Instructor at Texas A&M University in College Station since 2013.
Prior to working in Missouri City, Partida was Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Sugar Land and had worked in their Fire-EMS department since 1991. He had also previously served as the Fire Academy Lead Instructor at Wharton County Junior College from 1995-2003.
Chief Partida is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from San Jacinto Community College. He completed the Houston Fire Department Training Academy in 1990; the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy at St. Edward’s University in 2010; the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Program at TEEX/Texas A&M University at the Mays Business School in College Station; and the Executive Leadership Development Program at The Management Connection Inc. in Bryan.
In addition to his Fire expertise, Partida has extensive professional development credentials, including being a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Master Firefighter, Fire Officer I and II, Instructor I and II, Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and Certified Aircraft Firefighter; an author of the Texas Fire Chief Fall/Winter 2010 Edition “Internal Investigations, Making a Case”, and a Healthy and Safety Officer—Fire Department Safety Officers Association.
He is a member of the San Jacinto Incident Management Response Team, a National Incident Management System—All Hazards Operations Section Chief, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.
Chief Partida succeeds Eugene Campbell Jr., who retired on Jan. 1, 2021.