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 firefighter in the Austin area in 1993, before joining the Waco Fire Department on August 18, 1997. He has held, or served temporarily in every rank of the Department prior to being promoted to Deputy Chief on October 18, 2017.
He has earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Public Administration from Fort Hays State University; a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University, and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Services Administration from Weatherford College. Chief Bergerson has been awarded the prestigious Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. As a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, he has also earned the professional designation as a Certified Fire Executive (CFE).
Chief Bergerson 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, and EMT-Basic from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Chief Bergerson is currently working toward completion of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, Maryland with a 2019 anticipated completion date.
He previously held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Deputy Fire Marshal. He was promoted to Fire Marshal on February 26, 2012, and was promoted to Deputy Chief on October 18, 2017.
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.