Advanced Life Support

In Summer of 2004, Modesto Fire Department began a pilot program to provide advanced life support to its citizens. All thirteen department companies are staffed to provide basic life support, but the July Open House began a project to bring advance life saving capabilities to Station 4's engine company. For this pilot, Engine 24 responded with at least one paramedic providing advanced life saving equipment and service. The Pilot program was successful and today the department staffs one engine with at least one paramedic 24/7.

Meet MFD's Paramedics


Captain Michele Triplett

Captain Michele Triplett

Michele Triplett is a Captain-Paramedic. She started her career in Emergency Medical Service by first obtaining her Emergency Medical Technician -1 certification through Modesto Junior College. She began working for Modesto-Ceres Ambulance (now American Medical Response) in August of 1982. Graduating from the Stanislaus County paramedic program in 1984, she spent a year working for Westside Community Ambulance in Newman followed by nine years with Doctors Ambulance where she became a supervisor and training officer for the Region. In 1994, Michele began combining her paramedic skills with firefighting at Piedmont Fire Department and in January of 1995 joined the Modesto Fire Department. She has maintained her skills and medical license promoting to Captain in December, 2002.




Mark Gonzales

Captain-Paramedic Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales is a Captain-Paramedic. Mark started his career in February of 1992 when he joined the Modesto Fire Department as a Firefighter-EMT. In 1998, Mark put himself through the paramedic program offered by the local Mountain-Valley EMS Agency and Columbia College and was certified in 1999. In September of that year, Mark accepted a position as a Firefighter-Paramedic with the City of Santa Clara Fire Department. After working for 16 months with Santa Clara, Mark returned to Modesto to resume his career in firefighting. He was instrumental in the coordination of the refresher training program for the current group of Paramedics participating in the ALS Pilot Program and we are grateful to have him back serving our community.


Ted Davis

Ted Davis

Ted Davis started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician in Quincy, California with the local volunteer fire department and also worked for the local hospital. In January, 1987 he continued his career with the Hartson Medical Service who contracted ambulance service with the Oceanside Fire Department. Two years later, Ted had an opportunity to work for the Peninsula Fire District at Lake Almanor as a Firefighter/EMT. When that fire district moved from a Basic Life Service agency to an Advanced Life Service agency, Ted studied for his EMT-II certification and then continued on to attain paramedic certification in 1994. In 1997, Ted joined Modesto Firefighters and now is one of our own.





Robert Etcheverry

Robert Etcheverry

Robert Etcheverry (or Bob as we all call him) started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician and soon became a paramedic through Columbia College. He worked for American Medical Response in 1989 and then joined the Modesto ranks in September of 2000. He is a Firefighter-Paramedic.


Captain-Paramedic Jesse Nicasio

Jesse Nicasio

Hired in February of 1992, Jesse Nicasio is a Captain-Paramedic with the Modesto Fire Department. He is a second generation professional firefighter with over thirteen years experience. Jesse started his career with the Industrial Fire Protection District in South Modesto as a Firefighter-EMT. He was certified as a paramedic in 1999 through the Mountain Valley EMS Agency program and Columbia College. Throughout his career with Modesto's Fire Department, Jesse has served as one of the department's instructors and has taught at the Modesto Junior College-Regional Fire Training Center.