Fire Chief Paul Berardi began his fire service 28 year career with KCFD in January 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. He has served as a deputy chief commanding the Professional Development Bureau, the Medical Bureau, and as a field commander in the Operations Bureau. He has also served as KCFD’s chief 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 been deployed to major national disasters throughout the United States, including “Ground Zero” following the 9/11 attacks on New York City and to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina..
“My focus for the future of the Kansas City Fire Department,” says Chief Berardi, “is on completing a new five year strategic plan that is inclusive of all combined missions: EMS, fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials, fire prevention, and public education.
You can follow Fire Chief Berardi on Twitter @KCMOFireChief.
Chief Berardi recently retired. Deputy Chief Mark Mauer is the interim Fire Chief. The first round of interviews for internal candidates for Fire Chief are scheduled to begin Dec. 15, 2017.