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5/22/2012 9:56:00 PM
Prescott appoints interim fire chief
Lionel “Dan” Fraijo
Lionel “Dan” Fraijo

Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell appointed veteran firefighter and administrator Lionel "Dan" Fraijo interim Prescott Fire chief for the next four to six months, according to a Tuesday news release.

Fraijo began his career with the Phoenix Fire Department in the mid-1960s and worked his way through the ranks as a firefighter, engineer, captain, and battalion chief.

Fraijo earned a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco, and later served as fire chief in Vancouver, Wash., Santa Barbara County, and Boise, Idaho.

"With our fire department's recent retirements, we need manpower and Chief Fraijo provides a strong, additional resource," said McConnell, noting Fraijo's appointment is effective today.

After Fraijo retired as Deputy Director of Emergency Communications for the City/County of San Francisco in 2003, he and his wife moved to Prescott where he has been active in the fire prevention community and served two terms on the City of Prescott Fire Review Board.

"I've enjoyed living in Prescott and I feel honored to be able to give back to the community," says Fraijo. "I'm looking forward to applying my diversified experience to fulfill this role."

Retiring Prescott Fire Chief Bruce Martinez said Fraijo's appointment gives the city time to decide about the Prescott Fire Department's future leadership.

Fraijo will meet with the fire department's management staff this morning after attending his first department head meeting, according to the press release.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: angie sockrider

wow really guy's for 1 Dan is no a Californian, He has lived in AZ almost all his life and most of his life has been devoted to th Fire Dept.He has worked VERY hard to get where he is and YOU are all very lucky to have him and should pray he stay's. 2 Sometimes it takes fresh eyes and ears to fix a problem that is Dan.3 He has an awesome work ethic he will get the job done ,I.


Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012
Article comment by: Shawn V

It appears as though he was a Firefighter for the City of Phoenix earning his way up the ranks to a Battalion Chief before moving to California. He is actively serving on the fire board according to the article. As a firefighter I am grateful that such a man has been appointed to serve as Chief while the City looks to hire a permanent one. All the staff of the City of Prescott Fire have the chance to apply!!! I wish Chief Fraijo the best of luck working in a city with many citizens with nothing better to do than complain about who is the Fire Chief

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Essex

I don't believe I made any "snarky" comments Toni. I am sure Dan Fraijo is a fine man.

I simply questioned the process of the appointment. Why shouldn't that info be made available to the public. The city manager is paid by city taxes and he should be accountable to the people of Prescott for his decisions.

Is that ok with you Toni.


Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Article comment by: Toni Tennille

I cannot believe all the snarky comments I have read here about Dan Fraijo's appointment as interim Fire Chief. This is a truly fine man and I am proud to call him a friend. He is kind, dedicated and a loving family man. Prescott residents....be grateful that such a good man will be our Fire Chief until a permanent one can be chosen. And please try not to be so snide and so cynical.

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Essex

The article did not mention any details about the selection process. Were any other fire personnel considered? Aren't the next level of fire management under Bruce Martinez qualified to step in as an interim? Or at least be considered. Fire personnel who have put in the years and are looking for promotion should have been able to throw their hats in the interim ring. Did that happen? PS to "Oh Linda" which fire personnel are you referring to?

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Article comment by: Take heart!

The article says he's "honored to be able to give back to the community", so that means he's donating his time! Yeah, right.

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Secret Dragon

And I'm happy to say this is my uncle

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Secret Squirrel

Oh good another retired Californian come to save us from ourselves. Are you kdding me? Really, there was no one in the department qualified to fill in temporarily? McConnell's apparent disdain for the current employees seems to be growing. First their promised benefits are stripped away and now this! What's next?

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: oh linda

As much as I have my doubts about the city manager, this actually was a smart move on his part. The next person under the retiring fire chief is involved in a law suit that I suspect will cost the city money . That person would not been a good choice . Hats off McConnell ,you got it right this time !!

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Thomas Kays

I think with all the changes the city is makeing trying to save money they should appoint someone from with in the department instead of hireing someone else from outside.

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Mishal Vic

Strong work Local 3066! Your dedication and hard work definitely shows!

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Essex

Just curious why wasn't an interim chief chosen from the current staff of fire personnel? Someone who knows the department and could easily transition. It would also give a current city employee a chance to gain experience and move up through the ranks. Just wondering.



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