Iowa City Fire Chief Andy Rocca has announced that he will retire in May after 35 years with the department.
Rocca, an Iowa City native, joined the department in 1978 as a firefighter. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1987, Captain in 1989, Battalion Chief in 1990 and Fire Marshal in 1991.
Rocca was named Fire Chief in 1996 and currently oversees 65 employees, four fire stations, a training center.
With Rocca at the helm, the Iowa City Fire Department was awarded Accredited Agency Status in 2008 and had their Public Protection Classification upgraded to a Level 2 in 2012 by the Insurance Services Office.
Only 128 agencies worldwide have received Accredited Agency Status and less than 1.5% of agencies nationwide have achieved Level 1 or 2 status in their Public Protection Classification.
"The City has been extremely fortunate to have benefited from someone of Chief Rocca's caliber for nearly 35 years," City Manager Tom Markus said in a written statement. "He is a consummate professional and his impact on the Iowa City Fire Department and this community will be forever lasting. We will greatly miss his leadership, but we congratulate him and wish him and his family the best in the many years ahead."
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