Huertas was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1988 and then to the position of Captain in April 1998. He then became the city’s Deputy Fire Chief in September, 2002, eventually becoming Deputy Emergency Manager. Huertas attended Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, Albertus Magnus College and Manchester Community College, focusing on fire related courses. He is presently enrolled at Columbia Southern University completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science. Huertas is a certified Fire Marshal by the State of Connecticut, which allows him to investigate fires, enforce the life safety code as adopted by Connecticut, and apply laws and regulations relative to hazardous materials.
Huertas has served the Air National Guard for 20 years and retired with the rank of Tech Sergeant. He is trained in fire-rescue and as a fire inspector with a special emphasis on fire investigations and hazardous materials. Huertas is certified by the U.S. Department of Defense as: Fire Officer 1, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Airport Firefighter and Hazardous Materials Incident Commander. Huertas is also a self-proclaimed historian of the City of Hartford. Carlos M. Huertas is an active member of the community and is one of the founding members and past president of the Society of Latin American Firefighters. He is the proud father of four beautiful children.