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Brian Delfs

Position: Fire Chief
Email Address: bdelfs@avfire.org

Brian Delfs was appointed Chief of the Avra Valley Fire District in 2010.

Throughout his forty-plus year career in the fire service he has also served with several local, State and international organizations.

Chief Delfs received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as chairman of the Industrial Commission of Arizona where he served for nine years.

He was a member of the State of Arizona Special Fund Investment Committee.

He served as a fund manager and special advisor of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

Mr. Delfs was chairman of PSPRS Operations and Audit Sub-committee.

He currently participates  or has participated in numerous other boards including:

  • The PSPRS Tucson Local Board
  • Pima Association of Governments Regional Transportation Authority
  • City of Tucson Fire Code Committee
  • Governor’s Committee on Emergency Medical Technician Licensure
  • State of Arizona Arson Task Force
  • and The Tucson Fire Fighters/Nationwide Retirement Trust Board

Chief Delfs is a member of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Chief Delfs completed an A.A.S. in Fire Science at Pima Community College and a course of study in Hazardous Materials Response at Phoenix Community College.

The Chief earned a BA in Leadership and Administration at the National Labor College and a  Master of Administration (with distinction) from Northern Arizona University in 2010.

Chief Delfs has earned professional certifications by completing executive education programs at Harvard University (HTUP), Wharton Business College of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Additionally, the Chief has earned a Professional Development Certificate from the Federal Emergency Management Institute.  

He is certified as an Executive Fire Officer (EFO), as well as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing and has achieved professional designation from the International Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).

He is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Certified Public Manager Program (CPM).

Chief Delfs has enjoyed community involvement as a cabinet member of the United Way of Arizona, a board member of Desert Christian Schools, and as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and as a youth football coach.

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