Assistant Chief Brian Tobin
Brian was hired as a Phoenix Firefighter in 1983. He rapidly became involved in other facets of the department and received hazardous material training. By 1986 he had become a Master Trainer in the I.A.F.F. Haz-Mat Training Program and continues to be a leader in the IAFF's program that enhances the safety of both members and the general public across the country.
Brian was first elected to the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, Local 493 as a trustee in 1987. He served in many capacities of Local 493 including Fundraising Chairman, Treasurer, District Vice President, Secretary and as the founding President of the Phoenix Fire Command Officers Association. He was elected twice as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, of which he was honored as "President Emeritus."
After the September 11th tragedy, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, summoned Brian with other Local 493 officers to assist our fallen brothers in the FDNY. In his capacity, Brian assisted in setting up and implementing the UFA and UFOA Delegate Support Center which supported the unions' programs in distributing $160 million from the New York 9-11 Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund. At the 2002 Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Brian was appointed by IAFF District Vice President James Ferguson to represent the 10th District on the influential Policy Committee.
Brian was an original member of the Phoenix Fire Department's Cadet Program when he was 15 years old. During that experience Brian started his leadership quest by working himself up through the ranks and being assigned as the Chief of the program. But one of his fondest memories was assisting the Phoenix Fire Fighters Union during the binding arbitration campaign the Union was engaged in 1980 when he was sixteen.
Everyone who knows and works with Brian knows that he has a knack for cutting through to the heart of every issue. Determining what is best for the membership and the organization is at the core of his opinions and decisions. Much of the ability to focus on the member's best interest comes from the broad range of experience that has come from performing many jobs entrusted to him both by the membership as well as the past and current Local Presidents.
His intimate knowledge of member's needs as well as operational priorities for Fire Departments earned him an appointment to the F.I.R.E. Act Grant committee. This board evaluates grant applications submitted to the federal government by departments from across the nation. These grants provide much needed dollars to departments across the country to purchase critical equipment in cities and towns without the budgetary resources to make the purchase.
On a local level the Mayor and Council appointed Brian to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Committee from 1997-2000. Brian was able to help many of our community groups and improve neighborhoods in Phoenix with the use of these grants. Also, the sworn members of the Phoenix Fire Department have elected him five times to represent them on the City of Phoenix Fire Pension Board. He previously sat on Governor Napolitano's Central Regional Advisory Committee (R.A.C.), recommending homeland defense programs to the State Homeland Security Director, and was the Chairmen of the 2005 AZDHS Director Susan Gerard search committee for Governor Napolitano. In 2007, Governor Napolitano also appointed Brian to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board of Trustees. He was re-appointed by Governor Brewer and Governor Ducey and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Having promoted to Fire Captain in 1994 he followed that up by completing his A.A.S. Degree from Phoenix College in 1995. Brian went on to complete his Bachelors degree at the National Labor College in 2001 graduating Summa Cum Laude. In the winter of 2002, Brian was invited to attend the Harvard University Trade Union Program in Cambridge Massachusetts. There, the students were put on a steady diet of course work and lectures presented by the top Professors at Harvard Law, Business and Economics as well as national authors and authorities of a variety of areas that affect labor today. He completed his Masters Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies at the University of Baltimore Program on campus at the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Maryland in June 2004. Brian recently completed the Institute for Public Executives, the Certified Public Manger Program and the Management and Leadership Institute at the ASU College of Public Programs. Brian Promoted to Battalion Chief in 2004, Deputy Chief in 2007, Assistant Chief in 2018. He now serves as the Assistant Chief of Operations
Brian continues to be a cornerstone of the Arizona Firefighters ability to have a continuing positive impact on our state, cities, our fire departments, our members and their families.