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Las Cruces Fire Chief Eric Enriquez 2017

Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participant, Enriquez competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2017 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program, Enriquez has been awarded a scholarship that covers the expenses for attending the program.

Enriquez has been in the fire service for more than 19 years. He began as a professional firefighter with the Las Cruces Fire Department in 1997 and was recognized as 2007 Firefighter of the Year. He then joined the Hobbs Fire Department in February 2009 as fire marshal and later held the positions of deputy chief, director of community services and fire chief. May 16, 2016 marked his return to Las Cruces as fire chief.

Enriquez is a native of Las Cruces and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University in 1991. He attended the Senior Leadership Program at Harvard Kennedy School for State and Local Government in 2016.

Enriquez has been married to his wife Yvette for more than 28 years and they have 3 children and 1 grandson.

Motorola Solutions Foundation provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. “Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes how these challenging times require a new breed of leader to head our local fire departments and national fire service,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are proud to help support the education of these leaders to ensure they have the skills necessary to meet these complex and emerging issues confronting our communities.” The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership development program created and implemented by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. Members of the cohort will meet in March for their first 6-day session, in addition to 2 other sessions six months apart. The group will communicate between sessions using an online community.

“Thanks to the continued generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the IAFC is pleased to be able to make this most successful leadership development program available once again,” said Chief John Sinclair, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “Many officers from the previous four programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions and in leading their departments. They also are serving on national committees and organizations that are making a difference in the international fire and emergency service."

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation. Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving.