Assistant Chief 'Training/Support' Boyd Smith
Assistant Chief Boyd Smith oversees the areas of training and education, certifications, and Public Fire Education for the West Valley Fire Department. He has been in the Fire Service since 1986. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he joined the West Valley Fire Department in 2001, after a brief (20-year) stop in New Mexico while serving as a member of the United States Air Force.
His certifications include Fire Officer II, Level III Master Instructor, Master Firefighter, Driver/Operator-Pumper, and Basic Fire Inspector from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; Master Firefighter and Level II Instructor from the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association; and Fire Officer II from the New Mexico State Firefighters Training Academy, where he also serves as a member of the Adjunt Faculty.
Chief Smith holds Associate of Applied Science degrees in Fire Science (New Mexico State University) and Instructional Methodology (Community College of the Air Force).
Captain 'Anthony District' Martin Lerma
Captain Martin Lerma is not a new face to the West Valley Fire Department or the community within the West Valley district. Captain Lerma grew up in Anthony, TX and joined the Canutillo Fire Department in 1996 when he was only 19. Captain Lerma has seen the department grow and evolve. From the departments name change to the now West Valley Fire Department to the acquisition of several sub stations throughout West El Paso County, and the tripling in call volume, Lerma has been around for it all.
Lerma, was made a Lieutenant in 2001, and was then promoted to Captain twp years later in 2003.
He is currently the Captain of the Vinton Main Station.
Aside from his duties and responsibilities with West Valley Fire, Lerma is also a career firefighter with the City of El Paso. He says his experiences with the volunteer fire service is what motivated him to pursue a full-time paid career with El Paso Fire back in 2000.
Lerma is a skilled firefighter and department leader with credentials that rival officers within the fire service. Some of his certifications include, but are not limited to; Firefighter 1 ,EMT-B, Leadership1,2,3 from NM. Firefighter 1 and 2 from Tx, Emt-B, HazMat Tech,WMD (Cobra) WMD incident response to terrorist bombing, fire inspector 1, confine space, IS100,200,700,800 and also holds 62hours of college credits in fire tech.
Lerma says, "I volunteer because I love the fire service and also the joy of helping people who are in trouble, people should volunteer because there is always someone less fortunate then you that needs your help."
It's that creed that has dictated the majority of Captain Lerma's adult life. He encourages anyone interested in emergency services to follow the same philosophy, and look into volunteer opportunities within the West Valley Fire Department.