Fireground Management

Bruno: Loss of a Fire Service Icon

Issue 12 and Volume 170.

The fire service world was stunned and deeply saddened by the death of Chief (Ret.) Alan Brunacini of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department on October 15. A beloved mentor, instructor, author, and motivator, his influence on and contributions to the fire service were expansive and far-reaching. We at Fire Engineering and FDIC International were honored to have him as a member of our family as the longtime author of the “Bruno ‘Unplugged’” column and as co-host of the popular FDIC International Big Room Session “Bruno and Norman ‘Unplugged.’” He also was a member of the Fire Engineering and FDIC International Educational Advisory Boards and the recipient of the 2001 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award. He came to be known as the “father of incident command” and was the advocate for Mrs. Smith, stressing that firefighters be “nice” to her as she was experiencing one of the worst days of her…

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