Program Authors

Alan, Nick and John Brunacini have over 130 years of combined experience in the American fire service. Most of their recent years have been spent focused on developing training programs and certification systems for local Incident Commanders managing an IDLH hazard zone.

Alan Brunacini - joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958. He served in every department position. He was promoted to Fire Chief in 1978 and retired in 2006. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University. He has a BS and an MPA from Arizona State University. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the National Fire Protection Association and the first Chairman and developer of the N.F.P.A. Fire Service Occupational Safety Committee (standard 1500). He was also the first Chairman of the N.F.P.A. Career Fire Service Career Organization and Deployment Committee (standard 1710). Alan Brunacini is the author of Fire Command, Command Safety, Timeless Tactical Truths, Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service and The Anatomy and Physiology of Leadership. He is currently working on several other fire service books. Alan also presents workshops, seminars and conferences to many fire departments throughout the country on various topics.

Nick Brunacini - retired from the Phoenix Fire Department as a South Shift Commander in 2009. He joined the dept. in 1980. Nick worked his way through the ranks of the dept., working 7 years as a Firefighter on Engine Companies, then promoting to Captain and working 9 years on a Ladder Company. Nick served as a Battalion Chief for 5 years and was then promoted to the rank of Shift Commander in 2001 where he spent 5 years developing and instructing the Fire Command curriculum package taught at the PFD's Command Training Center from 2002 to 2006. Nick is the author of B-Shifter - A Firefighters Memoirs, and is also the co-author of Command Safety, Fire Command and the Anatomy and Physiology of Leadership. Nick currently manages B-Shifter Magazine and certifies Blue Card instructors across the country.

John Brunacini - retired as a Fire Captain from the Phoenix Fire Dept Oct. 2006. He served 26 years in the positions of Firefighter, Engineer and his last 14 years on the job as a Captain. As a Captain he developed and managed the Phoenix Fire Network, he worked in the field as the Company Officer on Ladder 11 B-shift for almost 10 years, and his last 3 years on the job he managed the department's Command Training Center. After retiring, in 2007-2008, John worked with Henry Ryng (inXsol) in designing and implementing the Blue Card online training and certification program. He is continuing to instruct and develop curriculum packages for the Blue Card Command Training and Incident Commander Certification program (for Type 4 & 5 Incident types) and is currently the Training Chief of Clay Fire Territory, IN (as a Volunteer).