Mountain Vista Fire District hires two new battalion chiefs

Darin Reid and Michael Price were both sworn in as battalion chiefs for Mountain Vista Fire District on March 17.

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Mountain Vista Fire District has hired two new Administrative battalion chiefs. 

The battalion chiefs will play key roles in the coming months and beyond as the district moves forward in their shift from the vendor staffing relationship to a fully operational model that will occur on July 1. 

The new members were officially “Pinned”, by Mountain Vista Fire District’s CEO/Fire Chief Ed Wilkerson and their family members, in a badging ceremony on March 17. 

“It is a pleasure to welcome to the district these two highly qualified fire service professionals who are ready to lead and mentor our workforce as well as serve our community today and into the future,” said Wilkerson.

Battalion Chief Darin Reid came to MVFD after working in Afghanistan for several years as a Tactical Paramedic. Originally from Washington State, he spent over27 years serving as a firefighter/EMT, Paramedic, flight paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief, Assistant Fire Chief and deputy fire chief/medical Services administrator.

During his career he has also been extensively involved in Incident Management, responding to several national and international disasters with Federal and contracted disaster response teams. 

Reid will oversee fire prevention and public education, 911 Communications, IT services and district procurement. He has also been designated as the accreditation manager for the fire district. In his off time, he enjoys golf and traveling.

Battalion Chief Michael Price is a native of Arizona. He has served in the fire service for nearly 25 years, beginning his career with Rural/Metro Fire Department in 1989. He also worked as a Firefighter/EMT with Northwest Fire District and Green Valley Fire District here in Pima County. In 1995 he became a nationally certified paramedic after graduating from the Tucson Medical Center Paramedic program. 

Price attended Pima Community College and holds an A.A.S. Degree in fire science. In 2000, he was promoted to fire captain/paramedic and continued to serve in that position until retiring from Rural/Metro in 2014.

Price will oversee the operations division of the district to include training as well as the fleet and facilities programs.

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