My name is Ivan Solis and I’m a second-generation Mexican-American as well as a lifelong native of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, born at Baylor Dallas and raised in Mesquite. I’ve been with the Dallas Fire Department since 2017. I’m assigned to “Always Rollin’” Station 18 in downtown, as a Firefighter Paramedic on “B” shift. This is my 2nd year on the DHFA E-Board as secretary.
Both of my parents immigrated from Mexico and became citizens of the greatest country on earth long before my little brother and I came into the picture. My parents hit the ground running chasing the American dream. My father worked for Xerox before he retired recently, and my mother has worked at Baylor Scott and White Hospital as a pharmacist for over 30 years.
Before joining the fire department, I worked for AT&T in Network Operations for 9 years where I was also a 6-year union representative for the Communications Workers of America (CWA). This position entailed fighting endlessly for equal opportunity, fair wages, and representing the men and women of CWA behind closed doors with management. I enjoyed this particular aspect of the job, however, a greater calling lit a fire under my feet and I began applying for DFR without having any previous family or experience in this field of work.
I have a girlfriend of 4 years, my son is 11 years old, and we have 3 dogs. I also hold two degrees from Dallas County Community Colleges: an Associate of Science, and an Associate of Applied Science – Emergency Medical Services Paramedicine. I also attended the University of North Texas at Dallas and Dallas Baptist University during which I got the call from DFR.
My relatively short time with Dallas Fire-Rescue has shown me the kind of brotherhood and community service I felt called to during my later years in life. I strive every day to embody that culture in what I do at home and in Dallas Hispanic Firefighters Association as an example of servant leadership to our community and department.