Assistant Chief of Planning & Logistics
Richard Ochs was appointed to Division Chief of Training/EMS in July of 2014. He also manages the Fire District’s Special Operations Teams which include Wildland and Technical Rescue.
Richard began his career as a firefighter with the Apache Junction Fire District in 1991 after previously serving the organization as a reserve firefighter. He certified as a paramedic in 1994 and a Technical Rescue Technician in 1999. Richard promoted through the ranks of Fire Captain in 1996 and Battalion Chief in 2010.
Chief Ochs is a State of Arizona Instructor/Trainer through the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence and serves as the East Valley representative for the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association Training Section. He is a certified Incident Safety Officer and Trainer through the Fire Department Safety Officers Association. He completed the Fire Service Institute; Advanced Public Executive Program established by ASU and the Supervisors Academy through Arizona Governmental Training. He is a member of the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association and the Pinal County Emergency Management Planning Committee. Chief Ochs has an Associate in Arts Degree in Paramedicine from Central Arizona College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management from Grand Canyon University.
Fire Inspector/Community Risk Reduction Specialist
Tina Gerola has been serving as the Community Risk Reduction Specialist for the Fire District since 2004. She manages prevention and community outreach programs, including fire and life safety inspections, public education, and volunteers.
Tina is a State of Arizona Certified Fire Inspector II, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, and Youth Fire Setter Intervention Specialist II. She has received professional training in Leadership Strategies for Community Risk Reduction, Cultural Competence in Risk Reduction, and Community Education Leadership at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University, and has a Board of Directors seat on the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and The Arizona Fire & Burn Educators Association.
Tina and her husband Fred enjoy spending time with their six grown children and grandchildren.