The Mesa Fire and Medical Department celebrated Chief Harry Beck and his retirement last night at the Mesa Convention Center.
After devoting more than 40 years in fire, medical and emergency services, Beck is ready for a new adventure but said he’ll miss serving Mesa.
“I am proud to have been a member of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department and will cherish my memories of the amazing things we were able to do as an organization,” he said. “I look forward to the next chapter in this adventure we call ‘life.’”
Beck began his career in fire service in 1973 with the Phoenix Fire Department. Over the following 11 years, he promoted through the ranks to the position of deputy fire chief, a position he held until joining the Mesa Fire Department in 2003.
He served as an active member of the National Fire Protection Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. Beck holds two degrees from Arizona State University – a master’s degree of public administration and a bachelor’s degree in industrial supervision. He was honored as the Arizona Fire Chief of the Year in 2012. Beck is active on numerous boards and commissions and is an advisory board member for the East Valley ACS Relay for Life.
Beck’s latest recognition was his selection as the 2016 International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Chief of the Year for his leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity and contributions to the fire service as a whole.
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department serves a population in excess of 450,000 with more than 450 department members and 20 fire stations. Under Beck’s leadership, the department is known for excellence, innovation, and has received multiple awards and recognition on a state and national level.
The Mesa City Manager’s Office is overseeing the selection of a new fire chief so stay tuned to MyNewsMesa.com for updated information.
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.