Frank Wirtz began his career as a professional firefighter in 2004, joining the Vista Fire Department in 2013. Frank was elected Vice President of the VFFA in 2020, currently chairs the grievance committee, and serves on the negotiations team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Labor Relations. He is married with two children and enjoys surfing and coaching soccer in his off time.
Interim Vice President
Michael is a Firefighter/Paramedic who was hired by Vista Fire in 2018 and has been in the fire service since 2011. Born and raised in Vista, Michael is a 3rd generation Vistan who proudly lives in the community that he now serves. Being from a blue-collared household, he understands the importance and embraces the opportunity to actively participate in the endeavors of the Local.
Patrick McDonald grew up in the outdoors in Bishop, CA before attending college in Santa Barbara and Bozeman, Montana. He attended fire academy in 2010 and paramedic school in 2011, working as a private medic and volunteer firefighter. In 2013 he was hired by the Vista Fire Department, promoted to engineer in 2019. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife, Maria, and dog, Bella.
David Cortez - David is a Firefighter/Paramedic and has worked in the fire service for 6 years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from UCSD in Psychology. Prior to the fire service David spent time working in business as a Sales Account Manager. David is new to the executive board and was involved previously with the PAC board. He enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling with his wife and two little girls.
Cary has been with Vista Fire for 8 years now. He resides in lovely Oceanside with his wife Wendy, and his three kids Caden, Chloe and Cole. Cary enjoys his motorcycles and family trips, along with all the great craft beers these days. “I look forward to the coming years and serving the members of the VFFA.
Chris Jones - Chris has been with the Vista Fire Department for 13 years. He currently holds the rank of Engineer. Chris lives in Oceanside with his wife Lauren and two sons, Jackson and Lucas.