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Victoria Fire Department Engineer's  Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo, who will both retire this month, have been with the department long enough to remember when Fire and EMS were separate operations.

Joel Gomez is retiring after 27 years with the City.

“Joel has been a huge part of the EMS development for the Victoria Fire Department,” said Chief Tracy Fox. “He has mentored and trained countless paramedics throughout the years.  Joel will be forever known for his dedication to the profession and unwavering compassion for his patients.”

Raul Liendo retires after 28 years with the City.

“Raul has been an active member of the VFD Special Operations teams throughout his career,” Fox said. “From EMT to paramedic and lastly engineer, Raul has excelled at every role he has held in the organization. We would all agree Raul was an excellent teammate and pleasure to work with.

Both gentlemen started as members of Victoria EMS, and when the City merged Fire and EMS functions in 1995, they both cross-trained as firefighters.

You read more about Joel and Raul by clicking here.