Fire Chief Norman K “Brad” Bradley III
Starting as a firefighter, Chief Bradley began his service to the Northwest Fire District in 1999. He rapidly rose through the ranks to assume command of the Northwest Fire District on June 29, 2018. Chief Bradley’s reputation for action, performance, and a sense of humor are known both inside the Northwest Fire District and well beyond it.
Chief Bradley is the third Fire Chief to be sworn into Northwest Fire District since its inception in 1984 and the first to be promoted to the top position from the rank of NWFD Firefighter Recruit. He has served as the Assistant Chief of Operations, Division Chief of Operations, Battalion Chief of Emergency Medical Services, Battalion Chief within the Operations Division, Coordinator for Emergency Medical Services, and Captain in addition to FIrefighter/Paramedic. With each title, there are sound metrics for success and usually a pretty good story to accompany the outcomes.
Through these various positions, the issues Chief Bradley has been known to tackle in his career are complex. Yet, he has the ability to make the complex quite simple. Simple to understand, simple to explain, and therefore, simple to execute. This is a quality Chief Bradley continues to apply as he leads the Northwest Fire District in its mission to Save Lives, Protect Property, and Care for our Community.
Chief Bradley is the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his fire service career, some of them having been received multiple times. A sampling of these awards include: Class Valedictorian, Paramedic of the Year, Award of Merit, Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the Governor, First Responder of the Year, Certificate of Special US Congressional Recognition, and Fire Officer of the Year.
Beyond the Northwest Fire District, Chief Bradley serves as an executive member on several organizations including the Southwest Arizona Emergency Medical Services Council (SAEMS), Regional EMS Providers Committee, Automatic Aid Response System Council (AARSC), and the Marana Health Care (MHC) Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as an Assistant Coach for the Marana Little League.
Chief Bradley is a nationally recognized speaker on a number of subject areas. These presentations have taken him to cities across the country from Las Vegas to Washington D.C. and New York City for audiences that vary from Fire-Rescue Med Conferences to Fire Chiefs Associations and NBC/Universal.
Chief Bradley is a graduate of Andrew Jackson University in Emergency Medical Services, and Arizona State University Fire Service Institute in Management and Leadership. He stays involved with local, state, and national initiatives and legislations involving the provision of emergency services.