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Daryl Maretka Named Rosenberg’s New Fire Chief

(ROSENBERG) - The City of Rosenberg has named Daryl Maretka Rosenberg’s new Fire Chief. Maretka was officially appointed to the position by Rosenberg City Manager John Maresh and confirmed by City Council at the June 6 Rosenberg City Council Meeting.

Daryl Maretka

Maretka has served in various fire, EMS and law enforcement roles for the past 26 years. He began his fire career as a volunteer firefighter for the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department in 1997. In February of 2000, he began his full-time career as a firefighter with Missouri City Fire and Rescue and served as a firefighter, lieutenant, and assistant fire chief. He was the program director for Wharton County Junior College Fire Training Program for five years and has been a member of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Curriculum and Testing Committee since 2011.

Daryl has extensive experience and knowledge of the Rosenberg Fire Department operations and administration as well. He began his employment with the department in October 2015, served as the professional standards battalion chief from October 2015 to January 2018 and as the assistant fire chief since January 2018. Maretka was named interim chief on May 1, 2023, following the retirement of Fire Chief Darrell Himly after 40 years of service with the city.

Maretka also holds several certifications. He’s a Master Structure Firefighter, Master Instructor III, Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Inspector, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician and Incident Commander, Driver Operator – Pumper and Aerial, Fire Officer IV, Incident Safety Officer, Basic Wildland Firefighter, Fire and Life Safety Educator 2, Incident Commander, Licensed Paramedic and a Master Peace Officer.

“Chief Maretka has proven himself to be a respected leader in our Fire Department,” said City Manager John Maresh. “I have no doubt he will continue to serve the city well and we are very fortunate to have someone with his level of qualifications and experience continue the advancement of the department forward.”

Maretka is the 11th Chief to lead the City of Rosenberg Fire Department. The department was established on September 10, 1914, with a two-wheel, hand-drawn hose reel with 500 feet of hose, which had to be pulled by 10 or 12 people. Now Maretka leads a department consisting of 63 positions.

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