Chief Tatum, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, began his fire service career with the Fort Worth Fire Department in 1985 at the age of 19. He retired from the city of Fort Worth after 31 years of service at the rank of Deputy Chief to become the 7th Fire Chief in the history of the Waco Fire Department in May 2016.
He graduated from Trimble Tech High School, earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Midwestern State University, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Chief Tatum is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration, Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In addition to being a basic peace officer, FBI trained bomb technician, and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), he holds the following certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection: Master Firefighter, Master Arson Investigator, Aircraft Fire Rescue Firefighter (ARFF), Fire Inspector, Field Examiner, Fire Officer I, Incident Safety Officer, Intermediate Fire Instructor, and Hazardous Materials Technician.
Chief Tatum is committed to education, professionalism and the community. He and his wife, Rosemarie, have four children and four grandchildren.
Chief Simmons began his career as professional firefighter with the Waco Fire Department on October 10, 1988.
He has held multiple positions in the department prior to being promoted to Training Chief on April 8, 2011. He was appointed as Deputy Chief on July 1, 2014 and was Interim Fire Chief for the department from January to May 2016.
He has completed his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Administration and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree.
He is certified as Master Firefighter, Instructor III, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter, and Driver Operator.
Chief Bergerson began his career as a professional firefighter in the Austin area and joined the Waco Fire Department on August 18, 1997.
He has held multiple positions in the department prior to be promoted to Training Chief on October 6, 2014.
He has earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Public Administration from Fort Hays State University; a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Services Administration. A 2011 graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, he earned the professional designation as a Certified Fire Executive (CFE).
Chief Bergerson also holds Master Firefighter, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Fire Officer IV, Incident Safety Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and Fire Service Instructor III-Master certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Chief Bergerson is currently enrolled and working toward completion of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program
Chief Vranich began his career as a professional firefighter with the City of Waco on October 2, 1995.
He previously held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Deputy Fire Marshal. He was promoted to Fire Marshal on February 26, 2012.
He holds certifications as an Advanced Firefighter, Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Advanced Fire Investigator, Advanced Arson Investigator, Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, and State of Texas Peace Officer.
Chief Johnston entered into the fire service with the Waco Fire Department on January 19, 1985.
He graduated with an Associate's Degree from McLennan Community College, an Associate's Degree from Texas State Technical College in Building Construction, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University with a major in Fire Management.
Chief Johnston also completed the United States Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
He holds additional certifications as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Arson Investigator, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Texas Peace Officer, and EMS.
Chief Yeager began his career as a Waco firefighter on February 5, 1990.
Previously with the Waco Fire Department he has held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Captain within our department.
He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on February 3, 2008 and currently supervises the "A" shift.
Chief Pechacek began his career as a Waco firefighter on February 4, 1991.
Previously with the Waco Fire Department he has held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Captain.
He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on December 13, 2007 and currently supervises the "B" shift.
Chief Kerwin began his career as a Waco firefighter on February 4, 1991.
Previously he has held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Captain within our department.
He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on December 11, 2007 and currently supervises the "C" shift.