(Seguin) -- If you are looking to start a career as a first responder or looking for a change, then the city of Seguin is no doubt one of the best places in the state of Texas to work for. The city of Seguin has been ranked as the No. 29th spot in the nation for first responders.
According to GoodCall.com, a consumer research website, Seguin is one of only a handful of cities in Texas selected among the top 50 cities in which to work for in the country. The ranking is part of the Third annual "Best
Cities for First Responders" report.
For the report, a total of 835 U.S. cities were evaluated on first responder salaries and job availability, affordability, plentiful amenities, educational attainment, and low unemployment and crime rate.
Chief Dale Skinner, of the Seguin Fire/EMS Department, says the recently released data comes as no surprise.
"To me, it's just comforting to know that a third party sees what we already knew all along -- that Seguin is a great
place to work," said Skinner.
Skinner says in particular, his department is all about the people who invest their talents in saving the lives of
"Seguin was not my first fire department. So I've had the privilege of working for several others and I have to say that Seguin, it's home. Our first responders are truly family and that goes across the line. The police department and the fire department, we all work well together like no other community does and to hear that we're in that, we have the prestigious rating, just solidifies what we already knew. This is a very competitive business and to get this rating, hopefully, will encourage folks to seek employment in a place like Seguin," said Skinner.
Data analysts for GoodCall.com says first responders are always looking for cities where they can make a living and have a positive impact in their community.
Captain Victor Pacheco with the Seguin Police Department, says this rating is not only a reflection of the Seguin and Fire Departments but of the entire community.
"You've heard me tout how great I think Seguin is. I think this just kind of solidifies what we've been saying for the past few years. This is really a recognition for the city showing how well the city is taking care of their first
responders. Also some of the categories that they ranked -- how great the city itself is doing, not just the first responders itself, but the city and the growth that's going on here," said Pacheco.
Pacheco says what the data may not show is the high level of community support that backs up its first responders 100 percent.
"I think the partnership that we have with the community really lends to that also. I think that's what's special, is it such a really good relationship between the community and the police department -- just making all of this thrive.
The city, the city entities, the police department, I think everything really just booming right now and going so well -- it has to do with just a combination of different things," said Pacheco.
Some of the other top 50 Texas cities include New Braunfels, Greenville, Beaumont and Weslaco. According to the report, cities at the top of the list tended to be smaller. The top 100 cities averaged about 55,000 residents. All but 10 of the top 100 cities had fewer than 100,000 residents.