The Northwest Fire District's has elected Michael J. Brandt as the district's new fire chief, according to a news release.
A five-member board voted unanimously in a special session board meeting Tuesday night for Brandt to make the move from interim to full-time fire chief, effective May 28.
Brandt has more than 35 years of Fire/EMS service in Tucson. He served as Northwest Fire District's Assistant Chief of Operations and administered the Operations/Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations/Wildland, Training and Communications divisions.
Brandt then served as the district's interim fire chief since October 6, following the retirement of former Fire Chief Jeff Piechura, a 28-year veteran of the district.
"In the time he has spent as Northwest Fire District's Interim Fire Chief, Michael Brandt has already proven to be a very effective leader," said Fire Board Chairman George Carter. "Chief Brandt is respected by field personnel and management alike and his efforts have been focused on fostering the district's status as a premier emergency service provider. That designation remains important to the organization now and into the future as the district continues to source efficient and innovative solutions for our residents."
Brandt is an Arizona State University magna cum laude graduate in Fire Administration, and Arizona State School of Public Affairs Advanced Public Executive Program.
Brandt has six children with wife, Rose.
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