Tacoma Fire Chief announces retirement

Tacoma Fire Department Chief Ronald W. Stephens has announced his retirement effective March 29. Chief Stephens was appointed Fire Chief in 2006, and has served 35 years with the department. Under Chief Stephen’s command, the Tacoma Fire Department achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He oversaw a significant effort to increase the diversity of the organization and developed a strong culture of public service within the department.

“I feel honored to have had the privilege to serve as Fire Chief and work for the City of Tacoma,” said Chief Stephens. “I have enjoyed being part of the Tacoma Fire family these many years. I leave with the confidence that the department rests in good hands and will continue to provide excellent service to our community.”

Stephens was appointed chief in July 2006 after 28 years with the department — and nearly a year as interim chief. He has worked as a Field Officer, Lieutenant, Captain of the Training Division, Deputy Harbor Master, Assistant Manager of the Tacoma Emergency Operations Center, Assistant Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau, Fire Department EEO Officer, and Deputy Chief of Administration. He served as the Coordinator of the Tacoma Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team, and was a member of the South Puget Sound Regional Hazardous Materials Team and was certified as a Hazmat Technician. He was also a board member and served as Treasurer of the Puget Sound Marine Firefighting Commission.

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has appointed Assistant Chief James Duggan to serve as Interim Fire Chief until a permanent replacement is named following a nationwide search.

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What would Tacoma look like with 100 fewer police officers, firefighters? (12/07/11) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=2081915&more=0

Tacoma Fire Dept. awarded $1.5M grant (03/03/11) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1935173&more=0