The City Charter established the fire chief position to provide the administration and management functions within the Fire Department. The fire chief is the highest uniformed position within the Fire Department and is responsible for the delivery of services to the community. There are eight deputy chiefs who each command a bureau and report directly to the fire chief. In addition, there are three assistants to the fire chief designed to assist with Fire Department administration.
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Fire Chief Paul Berardi spent 15 years on a KCFD fire apparatus before being promoted to deputy chief in 2001. On January 1, 2013, he was named fire chief and now oversees a department of more than 1,200 members and a $120 million budget.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Chief Berardi joined the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department in 1986. He is a graduate of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executives in State and Local Government
Program, UMKC’s Bloch School’s Master of Public Administration Program, Baker University’s Bachelor of Business Administration Program and Metropolitan Community College’s Fire Science Program.
Chief Berardi played a key role in the development of KCFD’s award winning labor and management partnership, and as a deputy chief, he served as bureau commander of the Professional Development Bureau, Medical Bureau, Operations and as the department’s health and safety officer.
In addition to his work with KCFD, he has been a member of Missouri’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 since 2000, and he has deployed to major national disasters from 2001 through 2012.
"My focus for the future of the Kansas City Fire Department," says Chief Berardi, "is on evaluating our resources and looking at the best possible way to deliver service to the Kansas City community while taking care of our workforce."
Chief Berardi has been married to Beth since 1985, and is the father of two daughters, Elyse and Cristin. He is happy to point out that both daughters have graduated from college and are productive members of this community.
You can follow Fire Chief Berardi on Twitter @KCMOFireChief
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