Chief Randy R. Bruegman began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Nebraska. He was hired as a firefighter in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where he served in a variety of positions including: engineer, inspector, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief. He has served as the fire chief for the City of Campbell, California; the Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 (Oregon); and has been the Fire Chief for the City of Fresno, California, since September 2003.
He is a noted author and lecturer on such topics as Leadership and Managing Change in the Fire Service and a contributing author of fire service literature including: Fire Attack: The Strategy and Tactics of Initial Company Response; Making a Difference: The Fire Officer Role; Surviving Haz-Mat, Haz-Mat for First Responders; The Volunteer Firefighter, A Breed Apart. He has authored two books: Exceeding Customer Expectations and The Chief Officer: A Symbol is a Promise for Brady, and has a new Fire Administration I, and Advanced Fire Administration.
He served on the Accreditation Task Force for the International Association of Fire Chiefs for eight years, six as Vice Chairman. Chief Bruegman served as Chairman of the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for three years, 1997-2000. He is a Chief Fire Officer Designate, holds member status with the Institute of Fire Engineers, and a member of NFPA. He serves on the editorial advisory board for Fire Chief Magazine and as a member of the NFPA 1710 Technical Committee. He was elected as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in August of 2002 and has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Public Safety Excellence since 2003. Chief Bruegman was selected as Fire Chief Magazine Career Fire Chief of the Year in 2009. He has an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor degree in business, and a master degree in management.
Chapter 1: Our Past is a Window to Our Future
Chapter 2: A Community Approach to Fire Protection and Emergency Services
Chapter 3: The Leadership of Change
Chapter 4: Planning for Organizational Achievement
Chapter 5: An Integrated Approach to Community Risk Management
Chapter 6: Managing in a Changing Environment: Measuring System Performance
Chapter 7: Fiscal Management in Difficult Times
Chapter 8: Effective Personnel Management
Chapter 9: Firefighter Health and Safety: Making a Difference
Chapter 10: National and International Trends in the Fire Service
Chapter 11: The Future: The Legacy of Leadership