On June 1, Rural/Metro announced that Tom Brandhuber, chief of Rural/Metro Fire Department in Pima County, has been named division general manager for Southern Arizona.
Chief Brandhuber will continue to lead Rural/Metro Fire as fire chief, as he takes on the additional responsibility of managing the company’s EMS operations in the market.
“We are committed to the continued growth of our fire and emergency medical services operations in Southern Arizona and look forward to exceptional success under Tom’s leadership,” said John Karolzak, Southwest Zone vice president. “He brings more than 20 years of experience in emergency service delivery and also offers the added perspective of a military emergency service professional. Please join me in offering our congratulations to Tom in his new role.”
Brandhuber began his career in emergency services in 1989 in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a firefighter. In 1990, he began work as an emergency medical technician with Kord’s Ambulance Service in Tucson. In 1998, he joined Rural/Metro Fire Department as a fire inspector and was promoted to fire chief in 2008.
Brandhuber is currently certified as Fire Officer Four through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. In addition, he is the current Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 944 FW U.S. Air Force Reserves at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
He holds an associate’s degree in fire science from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration and a master’s of business administration, both from Grand Canyon University.
Rural/Metro Fire Department has served the citizens of Pima County since 1962 and provides residential and commercial fire protection and prevention services to more than 43,000 properties in the unincorporated areas surrounding the metropolitan Tucson area.
Additionally, Rural/Metro Fire Department provides service to five fire districts and Northern Sahuarita.