Michael Pacheco

Michael Pacheco has 30 years of service with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, 38 years as a paramedic and 40 years in EMS. He has also participated in various committees and boards at the departmental, city, county, state and federal levels as well as implementing policies and procedures. Dedicated to keeping the community safe, he has developed and coordinated emergency planning for major events in San Diego, such as the Rock & Roll Marathon, Comic-Con, PRIDE, the World Series and Super Bowl.

During his career, Mr. Pacheco has been involved in the Urban Search & Rescue Team (USAR) in San Diego County since its inception in 1989. Within this team, he was part of the planning and preparedness for large-scale disasters. This involved state and federal working groups, budgeting, purchasing and training. Within this team, Mr. Pacheco was selected to respond to the World Trade Center collapse in the September 11th attack, as well the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. 

He also served on the Valley Center Fire Protection District Board (VCFPD) in an elected position for eight years as president and vice president. During his two terms, Mr. Pacheco was largely responsible for negotiating a paramedic service contract for the VCFPD. The VCFPD board manages a $3 million budget and three fire stations.