Bruce Varner retired from the Santa Rosa Fire Department
December 30th 2010, after 43 years of active service.
He was appointed Fire Chief of Santa Rosa, California in May 2004. He previously served as the Fire Chief in Carrollton (TX) (www.cityofcarrollton.com/fire) from 1992 to 2004.
Chief Varner began his fire service career with the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department (www.phoenix.gov/fire) in 1967, promoting to Deputy Chief in 1985.
His fire service experience includes administration, operations, communications, safety, airport operations, training, fire prevention and fire investigations.
He has taught numerous fire service training classes throughout the United States and is recognized for his expertise in firefighter protective clothing and safety issues.
Chief Varner holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
He is a member of the following organizations:
California State Firefighters Association, California Fire Chiefs Association, Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Sonoma County Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Service Instructors and The Institution of Fire Engineers. He is an Accredited Chief Fire Officer.
Chief Varner also serves on the National Fire Protection Association Technical Correlating Committee on Fire Service Protective Clothing and Equipment and the Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment for Fire and Emergency Services. He is a Life member of the NFPA and has been involved in the Protective Clothing and Equipment project since 1985. He is an Master Instructor in the Federal Highways Traffic Incident Management program.
He is the business manager for the IFE-USA branch and is a Compainion Fellow CFFireE in the Institution of Fire Engineers, he remains an active member of the IAFC Safety and Health Section. In 2001 he was Fire Chief Magazine’s Career Fire Chief of the year.
Bruce Varner is the principal member of BHVarner&Associates, a training, education and consulting company.
Bruce H. Varner, Fire Chief (retired)
14175 W Indian School Rd
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Fire Chief (retired), CFIFireE, CFO
Bruce H. Varner