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 before being promoted to Deputy Chief on October 18, 2017. His leadership has been instrumental in implementing many changes within the Waco Fire Department and was an integral part of the team achieving the Department’s Class 1 ISO insurance rating. He supervises Administration and Support Services while coordinating with other Branches to maintain effective operations and works on numerous special projects.
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. A 2019 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, Chief Bergerson has also 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 enjoys sharing his knowledge with others as a faculty member at Austin Community College, instructs incident command and leadership nationally, and is also a published contributor for Fire Engineering Magazine.
Chief Beechner began his career as a professional firefighter with the City of Waco on January 12, 1987. His first official duty was cleaning out the horse stalls.
He has formerly held the positions of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, Station Captain, Training Captain, and Battalion Chief. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations in May 2020.
He holds an Associate of Science Degree from McLennan Community College and certifications as an Advanced Structure Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Fire Service Instructor III, NFA Incident Safety Officer, Driver Operator, and Basic Aircraft Rescue Firefighter.
Chief Beechner is currently enrolled in the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy (Certified Fire Executive Program), with an anticipated Spring 2021, completion date.
Chief Vranich joined the Waco Fire Department as a professional firefighter on October 2, 1995.
Before being appointed Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction on October 17, 2017, Chief Vranich held the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Deputy Fire Marshal. Chief Vranich has performed the duties of Chief Fire Marshal since February 2012. Chief Vranich served as a member of the department’s Confined space and Hazardous materials specialty teams. He also currently oversees the Fire Departments Tactical Medic program.
Chief Vranich holds certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as Advanced Firefighter, Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Fire Officer, Advanced Fire Investigator, Advanced Arson Investigator, Advanced Code Enforcement Inspector, Plans Examiner, Fire Service Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician. He also holds certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as Basic Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Advanced Peace Officer.
As Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction, Chief Vranich oversees the Fire Department’s Public Education, Code Enforcement, Fire Investigation, Records Management, Special Events, Plan Review, and Departmental Risk and Safety.