Mayor Lovely A. Warren recently announced that Rochester Fire Department Chief Will Jackson will retire at the end of February after 25 years of service to the community. Executive Deputy Chief Felipe Hernandez Jr., a 20-year veteran of the RFD, has been appointed as Interim Chief upon Chief Jackson’s retirement.
“Today is a happy day,” said Mayor Warren. “I am excited that Chief Jackson has fulfilled the two-year plan he gave to me when I asked him to lead our Fire Department. He became Chief at a critical time for our City and he stepped up to the challenge. But, he told me then, that he made a promise to his wife and family to retire after 25 years of service. Well, that day is coming, and Chief Jackson’s a man of his word. So I am grateful to him for his leadership and excited that Chief Hernandez is ready to lead the department and continue our success.”
Under Chief Jackson’s leadership, the RFD earned national accreditation and Rochester maintained its status as a Class 1 ISO city, which leads to lower insurance rates for homeowners and businesses. With a staff of 504 firefighters and civilian employees, RFD responds to approximately 36,000 calls for service each year to protect the lives and property of city residents and visitors.