Pasadena Interim Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Pasadena Fire Department Interim Chief Bryan Frieders
Bryan Frieders. | Photo courtesy of City of Pasadena

Pasadena Fire Department Interim Chief Bryan Frieders has announced his retirement effective Nov. 30, 2020. Frieders joined the Pasadena Fire Department as deputy chief in 2016 after making his way through the ranks with the San Gabriel Fire Department. Prior to that he began his career in 1990 as an emergency medical technician in Glendale. Throughout his career he has served in a variety of assignments including training, emergency medical services, fire prevention and emergency management.

He also serves as the president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network where he speaks on the topics of firefighter health and safety, leadership and cancer risk reduction. Additionally, he serves on various committees.

“Bryan assumed the interim fire chief position during a worldwide pandemic, global civil unrest and devastating wildfires and his leadership, professionalism and teamwork is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the entire fire department during the most challenging times in their careers. We will begin a nationwide recruitment for fire chief and Bryan will be an integral part of that process,” states Steve Mermell, city manager.

Bryan holds a master’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and an associate’s degree in fire technology. He has also been designated as a fire chief officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. 

“This is a difficult decision for me, but the right one for the department and my family. I have been so fortunate to work with such a passionate, high-performing group of men and women who have an incredible sense of pride and professionalism, each of whom put their heart and soul into every call to treat the community as their own family,” shared Frieders.

In retirement, Frieders plans to spend more time with three young children and wife. 

October 12, 2020

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