New Fire Chief Selected

On Thursday, August 8, Sandoval County officially announced that Eric Masterson, who was filling the role of Interim Fire Chief, will be permanently taking on the position of Fire Chief for Sandoval County Fire and Rescue.

“I’m excited to lead such an amazing group of men and women who make up our administrative staff, career staff and volunteer staff,” Fire Chief Eric Masterson said. “We have such a skilled team and together we’ll be able to grow the department, streamline processes and create greater efficiencies for our residents and visitors.”

Prior to stepping into a leadership role in 2013 as Deputy Fire Chief for Sandoval County Fire and Rescue, Masterson started with the department in 2006 as a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate for the community of Algodones. From there, he took on the role of Volunteer Assistant District Chief for Sandoval County Fire District 1. In 2008, he entered into the career and leadership ranks at the department. He served as a firefighter/EMT-Intermediate, Firefighter/Paramedic, and Lieutenant/Paramedic before his promotion to Deputy Chief.

Masterson holds a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Emergency Medical Services Management from Eastern New Mexico University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Safety Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University. He has led a decorated career with awards for Firefighter Paramedic of the Year, Career Fire Officer of the Year, Chief Fire Officer of the Year and many others.

“Eric’s education, experience and working knowledge of Sandoval County Fire and Rescue makes him the best candidate for the job,” said County Manager Dianne Maes. “He worked his way up through the ranks in our County and I can truly say he has walked in the shoes of every member of our fire department. I have every confidence that Eric will seek out ways to make the department more efficient, so we can spend public funds wisely.”

In addition to his experience above, Masterson has also served as the Union President for the Sandoval County Professional Firefighters Association and was formally a part-time EMS Instructor at Central New Mexico Community College for several years.