Fire commission happy with chief’s performance

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The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission held a special meeting Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, to complete its performance review of Chief Patrick Reitz.

After the session, President Rhonda Andrewson reported that the commission is very pleased and happy with Reitz’s performance.

In particular, she mentioned his involvement with the Idyllwild community, relationship with the commission and management of the department’s staff.

“He has been dedicated to fire service for nearly 30 years,” she added.

On Monday, Reitz expressed his appreciation for the support of the commission.

“I will continue to more forward with the business of the district and make improvements,” he added.

Reitz was appointed Idyllwild Fire chief five years ago in July 2012. He began his service here in August 2012. He came to Idyllwild from the Sheridan, Wyoming, where he was fire chief and emergency services director.

Reitz is originally from the Akron area in eastern Ohio, began his service as a volunteer firefighter, and then emergency medical technician and paramedic in 1989. From there, he migrated west, first to Washington, south to Oregon and then east to Wyoming, before joining the Idyllwild community.

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