Brett Broman promoted at Superstition Fire and Medical District

Brett Broman

Brett Broman

Acting Assistant Chief Brett Broman was recently promoted to assistant chief at the Superstition Fire and Medical District. Fire Chief Paul Bourgeois made the promotion official Aug. 26 following the retirement of long-time Assistant Chief David Montgomery who recently retired after 25 years of service.

Assistant Chief Broman will serve as the assistant chief over the Administrative Services Section and will be responsible for managing the Human Resources Division and serve as the district’s public information officer. Chief Broman will also provide oversight to the SFMD Peer Support Team, which supports the health and welfare of the department’s employees.

Mr. Broman is a “hometown boy,” according to Chief Bourgeois. Assistant Broman was born and raised in Apache Junction where his father, Richard Broman, was appointed the city’s first director of public works in 1980 until an unfortunate accident claimed his life 1993.

Mr.  Broman attended Four Peaks Elementary and Apache Junction Junior High School. After graduating from Apache Junction High School in 1991, Assistant Broman worked as a wildland firefighter before joining the Apache Junction Fire District as a reserve firefighter in 1994.

Mr. Broman was hired full-time by AJFD in 1995 and is a 21-year veteran of the fire district. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 2010 and has been around long enough to see both the organization and the community evolve over his tenure.

Chief Bourgeois suggests Assistant Chief Broman has been instrumental in leading his 21st century fire and medical organization, according to the release.

“Chief Bourgeois instilled a vision for us to be the premier fire district in Arizona and I believe the SFMD is second to none,” Assistant Chief  Broman said in the release. “I want to be part of the leadership team that’s moving us closer to that vision.”

Mr. Broman moved through the ranks with AJFD/SFMD starting off as a reserve firefighter and later becoming a firefighter/paramedic, engineer, captain and battalion chief before being promoted to the assistant chief position.
“We don’t just give away leadership positions,” Chief Bourgeois said in the release. “Leadership positions are earned at SFMD and Brett demonstrated to everyone he was clearly ready to assume the responsibility that comes with an executive rank.”

In addition to his daily duties, Assistant Chief Broman is also attending the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. EFOP is a four-year training curriculum based in Emmitsburg, Maryland, that prepares fire service professionals for high-ranking leadership positions.

“The American fire service is changing fast and it’s a far more dynamic industry than one might think,” Chief Bourgeois said. “The EFOP is the foremost executive training program in the nation and Chief Broman is learning skills that will empower him to lead the SFMD well into the future.”

According to Chief Bourgeois, Assistant Chief Broman is the first firefighter from the SFMD to attend the EFOP and he’s expected to graduate in 2020.

“This community is very fortunate to have a professional like Chief Broman serving in this capacity and he’s a welcome addition to our leadership team,” Chief Bourgeois said in the release.

The fire district was established in 1955 under what is now Arizona Revised Statutes 48-261. It was formed by property owners and registered voters who petitioned the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to create a special taxing district to provide fire protection services. The fire district encompasses 62 square miles and serves the city of Apache Junction and the unincorporated areas of Gold Canyon, Superstition Foothills, Goldfield Foothills and Entrada Del Oro, according to http://sfmd.az.gov/the-district/.

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