Andrew Rico

Alumni Spotlight – Beyond Business: Andrew Rico, Tucson Fire Department

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Andrew was a Business Management major who graduated in 2010. He is now a Fire Investigator at the Tucson Fire Department in Tucson, AZ.

Tell us about your job. I began my career as a firefighter/EMT. Now, I investigate the origin and cause of fires. I respond to various fire and explosion incidents throughout the city. I process complex fire/explosive scenes in hazardous and adverse conditions. I perform forensic photography, identify and collect evidence, and conduct witness and fire crew interviews at fire scenes. I can provide expert testimony when called to testify in the judicial system.

What do you enjoy most about your job and/or company? There are so many things that I love about the fire department. For one, my colleagues are awesome! I value the camaraderie and the friendships that I have developed with my peers. Since we work 24-hour shifts at a fire station together, your colleagues become family. We have so much fun training, running calls, and achieving our mission as a team.

I enjoy fire investigations because it is challenging yet fascinating. It is exciting to put the pieces together and to solve the mystery. Each case is different, so my job never gets monotonous.

Why did you choose to work for your company? I always wanted to be a firefighter and to help people. The lifestyle and the benefits were very appealing. I believed serving and protecting the public would be very gratifying and honorable.

What is your fondest Eller memory? My team for an MIS project was great. Everyone was motivated and did their fair share of the work. We had fun accomplishing our goal together without fighting. Nobody was a “deadbeat”.

What advice do you have for Eller students seeking a similar career path (or in general)? Pursue an EMT certification; a majority of our job is EMS. Sign up for fire science courses. Stay healthy and physically fit. Learn how to cook.