It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini. Chief Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958 and held every sworn position in the organization including Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief prior to becoming the Fire Chief in 1978.
He served as the Fire Chief from 1978-2006. Chief Brunacini (Bruno) was a trailblazer in the North American Fire Service and the influence of his contributions are still felt across the nation. His relentless focus on Firefighter Safety and Customer Service are the hallmarks of the modern day fire service.
Chief Brunacini was the pioneer of NFPA 1500 which is the current National Standard on Firefighter Safety. He Co-Authored nine books pertaining to the fire service including Fire Command, Command Safety, Essentials of FD Customer Service, and the The Anatomy & Physiology of Leadership Chief Brunacini’s impact on the Fire Industry is impossible to quantify and our Brother and Sisters around the world grieve for his family. Information regarding services for Chief Brunacini will be shared as they become available.