Albert Pesqueira, Assistant Chief of Support Services at the Northwest Fire District, announces his retirement after 44 years in the fire service. His last day in office will be Friday, September 20, 2013.
Pesqueira has been a part of the Northwest Fire District for nearly 17 years following the completion of a successful career of more than 27 years with the Tucson Fire Department. He joined Northwest Fire in February of 1997 as a Battalion Chief and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in December of 2000. In 2007, with the rapid growth of the Northwest Fire District, the Assistant Chief position was divided into two areas of responsibility: Operations and Support Services, with Pesqueira assuming control of the latter. For the past five years as Assistant Chief of Support Services, he’s been responsible for the District’s fire prevention, fleet, warehouse, facilities, special projects and health & wellness programs.
Pesqueira earned a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Fire Service Management and an Associates of Applied Science degree from Pima Community College. He was designated as a “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) by the Commission of Professional Credentialing in 2009, re-designated in 2012, and is currently a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).
In 2010, Al Pesqueira and his wife, Elsa, produced a commemorative documentary together called “Hot Pion: The Pioneer Fire Documentary.” The documentary debuted on the 40th anniversary of the tragic Pioneer Hotel fire that took place in downtown Tucson in 1970 when Pesqueira was a 21-year old firefighter.
“Al Pesqueira has contributed more than four decades of fire service to Southern Arizona. He’s been a Chief Officer for more than 25 years… that’s something very few people can say. Al’s been an integral part of our community and we’re very proud of the legacy he leaves with us. It goes without saying that he will be greatly missed,” said Northwest Fire District Fire Chief Michael J. Brandt.
Pesqueira plans to continue his volunteer work with the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Citizen’s Committee and the National Firefighter Cancer Support Network where he currently serves as the Arizona Chapter Director.