Pasadena Interim Fire Chief Retires, Recruitment Process Announced

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Fire Department Interim Chief Bryan Frieders announced his retirement effective November 30, 2020.

By News Desk

Frieders joined the Pasadena Fire Department as Deputy Chief in 2016 after making his way through the ranks with the San Gabriel Fire Department. He began his career in 1990 as an Emergency Medical Technician in Glendale.

Bryan Frieders said:

This is a difficult decision for me, but the right one for the department and my family. I have been so fortunate to work with such a passionate, high-performing group of men and women who have an incredible sense of pride and professionalism, each of whom put their heart and soul into every call to treat the community as their own family.

“Bryan assumed the Interim Fire Chief position during a worldwide pandemic, global civil unrest and devastating wildfires and his leadership, professionalism and teamwork is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the entire fire department during the most challenging times in their careers. We have begun a nationwide recruitment for Fire Chief and Bryan will be an integral part of that process,” stated Steve Mermell, City Manager.

In retirement, Frieders plans to spend more time with his three young children and wife.

Recruitment process

Mermell also announced the recruitment process for the next Fire Chief. Applications for the position are being accepted with screenings and interviews taking place in November. The rigorous interview process will include a community panel in addition to industry professionals and municipal agency administrators.

Residents are encouraged to provide input about important qualities that potential candidates should have by completing a brief survey online.

News Desk

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