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|City of Anaheim Names Randy R. Bruegman New Fire Chief|
ANAHEIM, CA - (August 31, 2010) - The City of Anaheim today named Randy R. Bruegman as the City’s next Fire Chief. Bruegman will officially start his duties with Anaheim on Oct. 11.
Bruegman comes to Anaheim from Fresno, where he served as Fire Chief from 2003-2010. As Fresno Fire Chief, he led an agency providing service to 535,000 residents in the city and surrounding service districts, in a geographic region covering 350 square miles. Bruegman’s first Fire Chief position was in 1991 with the City of Campbell, Calif. He has also served as Fire Chief in Hoffman Estates, Ill. and Milwaukie, Ore. before joining the Fresno Fire Department. In addition, he has authored four books on leadership, organizational dynamics, change management and safety in the field of fire service.
"On behalf of the Anaheim City Council, I am pleased to welcome Chief Bruegman to the City of Anaheim," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. "We have an outstanding Fire Department here in Anaheim, and I am confident he will lead our staff to even greater accomplishments."
In his Fire Chief roles, Bruegman has created non-profit organizations to assist with education and community outreach, has overseen the renovation and construction of new facilities, developed department strategic plans, gained agency accreditation, and successfully managed budget and organizational objectives.
"The City of Anaheim is fortunate in its history of visionary and progressive leaders, and we see those same qualities in Chief Bruegman," said Anaheim City Manager Thomas J. Wood. "The City places great importance on the planning and implementation of safety, security and preparedness measures, and Bruegman’s credentials show just that – a commitment to training and developing his staff to better serve the community."
The City of Anaheim conducted a nationwide search for a Fire Chief. Anaheim’s previous Fire Chief, Roger Smith, retired in December, 2009. Acting as interim Chief, Deputy Fire Chief Larry Waterhouse has led the department since Smith’s retirement. "I would like to thank Deputy Chief Larry Waterhouse for acting as interim Fire Chief, as well as the entire Anaheim Fire Department for their continued focus and commitment to the Anaheim community during the selection process," said Wood.
For more information on the Anaheim Fire Department please visit www.anaheim.net.
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