HGSCA is Proud to announce and Welcome Capt. Homero Ponce-Lopez (HFD Ret.) as the Organization’s Dir

HGSCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Homero Ponce-Lopez ras its new Director of Public Relations This is one of several new key appointments to the organization’s leadership team.

Homero Ponce-Lopez worked for the City of Houston Fire Department for over 31 years. At the age of 21 he started as a Firefighter at Station 23 and in 2004 Homero was promoted to the rank of Captain. He worked at the 9-1-1 Center, then he was assigned to Fire Station 40 as a Captain. In the last 7 years before retirement, he was assigned to the HFD Public Affairs Office as a Manager and Public Information Officer.

As a Public Information Officer, he was primarily responsible for assisting media responding to fire incidents as well as

  • Collected and updated information from incidents. Conducted interviews for television, radio and newspapers, in both English and Spanish.

  • Supported community events and activities to promote fire station operations and answer citizen questions. Coordinated autograph / photo events with professional athletes from Astros, Rockets and Texans sports teams.

  • Did live interviews with local television stations during multiple alarm fires.

  • Represented the Houston Fire Department in public events and addressed community leaders

  • Spanish Spokesperson for several years was the only Spanish Speaking PIO for HFD.

  • Coordinated involvement with sister cities in Ecuador, Mexico and Pakistan, which included firefighter training. Coordinated the donation of surplus equipment to Houston Sisters Cities.

  • Recruited firefighters on an ongoing basis through job fairs and high school events, seeking all demographics with focus on women and minorities to enhance cultural diversity.

  • Houston Metropolitan area.

  • In charge of establishing relationships with community stakeholders.

  • Presented Public Safety Information to civic clubs, schools, and community leaders.

He also became the Houston Fire Department Public Affairs Office Manager. Homero retired as a Captain in February 2011 and is presently working in the City of Houston Public Safety and Homeland Division as a CERT Coordinator and acted as the Hispanic Affairs Liaison (2004-2011). Served as the primary contact for Hispanic community in the greater city of Houston.