It is our pleasure to recognize John Mendoza, Cosumnes Firefighter and Rescue Technician, in this month’s Staff Spotlight. “John is steadfast in his dedication to the District and its residents,” said Cosumnes Fire Captain Richard Haas. “He also speaks several languages which makes caring for our community members that much easier.”
Mendoza’s fire service career began when he completed a fire science degree and certificate in college and went on to intern with the Elk Grove Fire Department through Cosumnes River College. He successfully completed the Fire Academy in 1999 and has worked at the agency ever since.
Like all Cosumnes Firefighters, Mendoza’s role is to fight fires of all types, protect and save life and property, and provide emergency medical services. His unique role in the Suppression Division is to provide care and maintenance for the thermal imaging cameras within the Department. These high-tech cameras are used to find the seat of the fire, extension of the fire during overhaul, or for victim search and rescue.
Mendoza’s favorite part of the job is the unknown of each emergency as it’s received from Dispatch. “It may be a structure fire, vehicle fire, medical aid, hazmat emergency, rescue call, or public service event. Whatever it is, every day at work is different,” said Mendoza.
Mendoza’s partners enjoy his quick wit and sense of humor. “John has been with the Department for 18 years and is one of the cornerstones of Truck 74 A-shift,” said Captain Haas. “John always goes the extra mile for our community and is truly a great friend to myself, his crew, and the public we serve.”
When not at work, Mendoza enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 2.5-year-old son Devin (pictured).