Anthem – During the Opening Ceremonies of the 45th Annual Arizona State Fire School, Daisy Mountain Fire Chief, Mark Nichols was inducted into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame. Chief Nichols has been in the fire service for nearly half of a century. His countless achievements and awards both professionally and personally are just a snapshot of the legacy that Chief Nichols has created.
Nichols began his career fighting wildfires for the US Forest Service in 1972 and during that time survived two helicopter crashes. In 1978 he joined the Glendale AZ Fire Department and after 25 years of service, he joined Peoria AZ Fire Department as their Training Chief. In 2011 Mark Nichols joined Daisy Mountain as the Fire Chief.
Throughout his career, Nichols has been a member of many professional fire organizations and has served on numerous committees, working to improve training and make the fire service a safer profession.
There are two plaques honoring Nichols, one was presented to him at the ceremony and the other is permanently displayed at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes located in Phoenix, Arizona.