VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council presented a proclamation to recognize two Victorville Fire personnel who were recently promoted.
Training Captain Dyjuan Washington was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief, and engineer Jordon Cope was named the department’s newest Fire Captain.
In October of 2018, Dyjuan Washington joined the Victorville Fire Department as a training captain after serving over 20 years in the United States Air Force.
Battalion Chief Washington has earned a master’s degree in emergency services management and holds numerous advanced certifications.
“He is one of only 139 Fire Service Professionals in the United States to have received the recognition as a chief training officer by the Center of Public Safety Excellence,” stated Chief Greg Benson of Victorville Fire.
“Battalion Chief Washington has provided essential leadership, mentoring and emergency scene command to the Victorville Fire Personnel, and he is leading the implementation of our intern program Police Fire Athletic League (PFAL), and Explorer programs,” Chief Benson stated.
Washington, a resident of Victorville, was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in January. His fiancée accompanied him during the pinning ceremony.
The next person that was invited to stand in front of the Dias to partake in the pinning ceremony was Engineer Jordan Cope. He was accompanied by his wife.
A Victorville native, Jordan Cope joined the Victorville Fire Department in January of 2019 as an engineer.
“Captain Cope is a graduate of the Victor Valley College Fire Science Program where he earned his paramedic license and an associate’s degree in paramedicine. He has more than 15 years of experience and previously worked for the Apple Valley Fire Protection District and the Big Bear Hotshot Crew where he developed extensive experiences in wildland firefighting at a national level,” Chief Benson announced.
“Captain Cope is very active in our youth programs in our community, and he serves as an instructor at the Victor Valley College Fire Academy. He is providing valuable leadership and development for his fellow Victorville Fire Department personnel. Captain Cope and his family live in our local area,” Benson said.
In November of 2019, Cope was promoted to Captain.
The history of the Victorville Fire Department dates back to 1926 when the Victorville County Fire Protection District was established.
In 1930, the Victorville Volunteer Fire Department was established. In 1976, approximately 14 years after Victorville was incorporated, control of the Victorville Fire Protection District was assumed by the City of Victorville.
In March 2019, the City of Victorville re-established its Fire Department after contracting the fire services for 10 years. The Victorville Fire Department is staffed with 60 personnel, and the department is led by Fire Chief Greg Benson.