Fire service innovator speaks in Bristol


Chief Alan Brunacini is one of the most highly respected figures in the fire industry. The retired chief of the Phoenix Fire Department pioneered the Incident Command structure which is organizational management used by fire departments when they operate at fires and other calls. He was the special guest speaker at EMS Trendsetter’s 11th annual conference, held November 7-9 at the Kenosha County Center. It’s continuing education for those in the protective services or medical field, including firefighter, police officer, public safety officer, critical care paramedic, nurse, flight nurse, physician or physician assistant. Brunacini spoke with the people attending about incident command, gave some real life examples, and answered any questions they had about situations or incidents.

He wrote “Fire Command” in 1985 and spent the ensuing years, teaching and refining the system. His management style is guided by the mission statement of the Phoenix Fire Department “Prevent harm. Survive. Be nice.”   Personnel should be well trained in their jobs, and trained in incident command system. Everyone knows what they are to do at an emergency. Personnel should be treated well. In turn, they will treat the people they serve, well.  He had his fire engines painted with the words “Our Family Helping Your Family”.  He has also been the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Technical Committee for Fire Service Organization and Deployment Projects. He was the first active fire service member to hold the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of the NFPA. Brunacini has authored or co-authored a total of nine books.

Brunacini was a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and assistant chief at the Phoenix Fire Department, He was named chief in 1978 after more than 20 years in the fire industry. Brunacini is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University and a graduate of Arizona State University where he earned a degree in political science. He completed the Urban Executives Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University.


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