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Chief Berardi to retire from Kansas City Fire Department after 32 years

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Berardi began his 28-year fire service career with the Kansas City Fire Department in January of 1986. (KCTV5) Berardi began his 28-year fire service career with the Kansas City Fire Department in January of 1986. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi is retiring after 32 years of service, including the last five as the city’s top firefighter.

His last day on the job will be Nov. 11.

In his resignation letter, Berardi expressed great pride in being able to serve as chief and thanked City Manager Troy Schulte, the City Council, Kansas City residents and his staff for their support.

“We have met many challenges these past five years and it has been a great honor to be called 'Chief'" Berardi said. “I have had the honor of working alongside some of the best fire and EMS service professionals anywhere and sincerely appreciate your commitment to the labor and management partnership that has done much to fuel our improvement. Organizationally, our department is strong, and when called upon, it has never faltered and never will.”

Berardi began his career in fire services in January 1986.

During his time with the department, Berardi has served as a deputy chief commanding the Professional Development Bureau, the Medical Bureau, and as a field commander in the Operations Bureau. He has also served as KCFD’s chief health and safety officer.

In addition to his work with the department, Berardi has been a member of Missouri’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 since 2000.

Through the task force, he has been deployed to major national disasters throughout the United States, including “Ground Zero” following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City, NY and to New Orleans, LA following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Chief Berardi has done an outstanding job leading our fire department and we will sorely miss his dedication and commitment to making sure that all our residents receive the best fire and EMS service in the country,” Schulte said. “I don’t necessarily look forward to trying to fill his shoes, but I believe the groundwork he’s laid for the next chief is solid and I thank him for that.”

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