The article below made me take notice right away. I am particularly fond of the RSF Fire Department for two reasons. First being their heroic efforts during the fire storms of 2007. I attend church in Rancho Santa Fe and work there. I live 5 minutes away in Carmel Valley and have been a resident of Del Mar since 1980. San Diego has always been my home, I’m a native, so when the fires erupted we were all scared and worried, to say the least. All of our Firefighters, Policemen and numerous others were Heroes those next few days. Much was lost but without their efforts we could have lost so much more. I helped sort though the ashes of a church members home but my parents home was still standing.
The second reason that I am grateful to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department is for saving my dad’s life. He recently needed an ambulance and since my mom and dad live in RSF the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department is who responded. He had lost numerous litres of blood but was stabilized by the team and rushed to Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. After 7 days of recovering in ICU and a few more days in the hospital he was home safe and sound. Three days into his recovery my mom came into his hospital room with a card from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department wishing my dad a speedy recovery. I have never had the honor to meet the Fire Chief but I know in my heart that it is his leadership that has blessed us with a fantastic team of Firefighters in Ranch Santa Fe.
THANK YOU FIRE CHIEF NICHOLAS “NICK” PAVONE FOR YOUR SERVICE. KNOW THAT YOU HAVE PERSONALLY TOUCHED MY LIFE AND I’M SURE THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS MORE.
Fire chief announces he will retire in October
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.
RANCHO SANTA FE — After nearly 35 years in the fire service, Fire Chief Nicholas “Nick” Pavone announced this week that he will retire in October from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District.
The fire district operates out of four, full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe and 4S Ranch.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded during my tenure here at Rancho Santa Fe,” Pavone said in an e-mail to staff members. “We are so fortunate to work in an organization and community that appreciates its employees for their commitment and dedication.”
Pavone began his career in 1975 as a volunteer with the Pismo Beach Fire Department and joined the fire district in 1979. After moving up through the ranks, he succeeded retiring fire Chief Erwin Willis in 2005.
Pavone said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, especially his grandchildren. The board of directors will begin the process of selecting a new fire chief this summer.
Formed in 1946, the district spans 42 square miles and serves more than 29,000 citizens.