Chief Bruce H. Varner, CFIFireE, began his fire service career with the Phoenix Fire Department in 1967, promoting to deputy chief in 1985. He previously served as fire chief in Carrollton, TX, from 1992 – 2004 and fire chief in Santa Rosa, CA, from 2004 – 2010. He has experience as a program manager, instructor, lecturer, member and chair of NFPA fire service standards committees. Varner received Chief Fire Officer Accreditation in 2003 (renewed in 2007 and 2010). In December 2011, Varner received Blue Card Incident Commander and Instructor certification. He was awarded Fellow grade membership in the Institution of Fire Engineers January 2012, and Companion Fellow by IFE Board of Directors in March 2016. In 2014, Varner was appointed to and participated in the National Academies of Science Panel on Review of the Engineering Laboratory at the NIST. Varner was elected to IFE International Board Member and Trustee in 2017 and IFE International President for 2019 – 2020. He remains on the IFE International Board as immediate past president until October 2022. He currently serves as business manager for the IFE-USA Branch and co-chair for Wingspread VII.Chief Varner lives with his family in Goodyear, Arizona.