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Waco Fire Department

Fire Chief

John JohnstonJohn 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.

John 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.

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Fire Administration

SimmonsDeputy Chief - Paul Simmons

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.

He has completed his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology.

He is certified as a Fire Service Instructor III, and currently serves as the Department Safety Officer.


SimmonsTraining Chief - R.M. Bergerson

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 mutliple 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 Incident Commander, and Fire Service Instructor II certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.


VranichFire Marshal - Kevin Vranich

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.


YeagerAssistant Chief - Don Yeager

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.


PechacekAssistant Chief - Chris Pechacek

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.


Assistant Chief - Patrick Kerwin

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.

 

 

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