Fire Chief Randy Bruegman Picked to Lead Anaheim Fire Department

Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman is expected to be formally appointed on Tuesday to fill the vacant Fire Chief position in the City of Anaheim, California. Chief Bruegman, who has served as Fire Chief for the City of Fresno since September, 2003, will begin his new duties on October 11, pending confirmation of his appointment by the Anaheim City Council.

In Fresno, Chief Bruegman oversees a department of 393 personnel and a coverage area of 336 square miles with a budget of $45 million. The Anaheim Fire Department employs 290 personnel and serves an area of 55 square miles with an annual budget of $62 million.

“Chief Bruegman has provided outstanding leadership to the Fresno Fire Department over the past 7 years and public safety in our community has improved as a result,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin said. “It’s not surprising that his accomplishments and his expertise have brought about new career opportunities. On behalf of everyone at the City of Fresno, we wish him the very best.”

Chief Bruegman, who was honored as national “Fire Chief of the Year” in 2009, has provided leadership and vision to the Fresno Fire Department during his service to the City. Under his command, the Fresno Fire department improved response times and enhanced its capabilities. Chief Bruegman facilitated the consolidation of fire and EMS emergency communication centers to reduce processing time to dispatch first responders to emergency requests for service. His accomplishments also include the consolidation of City fire services with the North Central and Fig Garden Fire Protection Districts as well as a “boundary drop” with the City of Clovis Fire Department to create seamless emergency response areas.

Chief Bruegman has also overseen an extensive department modernization program that brought about improvements to outdated fire stations and the construction of new fire facilities. Among his achievements is the current Fire Department headquarters, housed in a fully renovated historic building in the heart of downtown Fresno. He also led the formation of the Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation, a non-profit established to support life-safety education and community outreach.
“Chief Bruegman has been a standard setter in the Fire Service, not only in Fresno but around the country,” said City Manager Mark Scott. “Thanks to his efforts, and the commitment of all Fresno Fire Department personnel, our city is a safer place today.”

Chief Bruegman joined the City of Fresno in September 2003, after having served as Fire Chief in California, Illinois, and Oregon. He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has written numerous books, including Exceeding Customer Expectations, The Chief Officer: a Symbol is a Promise, and Leading and Managing in the Fire Service. He is a widely respected authority on fire service management issues.