San Angelo fire chief retires after 32 years

SAN ANGELO, Texas – San Angelo Fire Chief Brian Dunn retired Friday, Feb. 25, after serving the San Angelo community for the past 32 years.

Many from the San Angelo and surrounding community gathered at the McNease Convention Center to celebrate the work Dunn had done during his tenure as fire chief.

Dunn has accomplished a great deal in his 21 years as head of the SAFD. Some of these accomplishments include reducing the fire rating of the San Angelo Insurance Services Office from Class 4 to Class 1, establishing an ongoing mutual aid agreement with San Angelo Air Force Base Goodfellow for Hazardous Materials and Firefighters, and the hiring of 217 new firefighters.

“I’m happy,” Dunn shared after the event. “I’ve loved my job all these years, but I’m ready to rest. Mentally, I am 54 years old but I have covered about 90 kilometers.

Although Dunn is stepping down from his position, he shared that the fire department will always be ready to help community members however they can.

“Even if I retire, if you call 911, those firefighters and paramedics will still be here,” Dunn said. “My departure has no impact on the level of service citizens get.”

Dunn was promoted to fire chief after working for the department for nine years. In January 2001, he then took the plunge to lead the fire department as fire chief for 21 years.

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