Chief Bryan Newberry Distinguished Alumni 2018
Bryan E. Newberry is the Assistant Chief of Operations with the Springfield Fire Department. In this role, Bryan is responsible for supervision and leadership of emergency medical services, fire suppression, mitigating the consequences from disasters, rescue activities and special operations teams.
Bryan’s career in the fire service began in 1992 as a cadet with the Nixa Fire Protection District. In 1995, Bryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served active duty for four years. Upon his return, Bryan was hired as a full-time member of the Nixa Fire Protection District. Bryan held multiple ranks with the Nixa fire district up to the rank of Assistant Chief.
In March 2010, Bryan received his appointment as Fire Chief of the Battlefield Fire Protection District. As CEO and Chief, Bryan led and managed all facets of the fire department until joining the Springfield Fire Department in October 2017. He also serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Bryan holds numerous certification and training credentials. He graduated from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in March 2011. That same year, Bryan received accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission of Professional Credentialing. He received the Fire Marshal designation in 2012 and the Chief Training Officer designation in 2015. In 2011 and 2014, Bryan received the honor of Fire Chief of the Year from the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri. In 2017, Bryan was awarded the Excellence in Leadership award by the U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officers Association.
Bryan earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Ozarks Technical Community College in May 2003. He received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Business Administration from Columbia College and a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University. He also graduated from the University of Missouri’s Fire Service Leadership Enhancement program in 2004.
Bryan teaches at Ozarks Technical Community College as an adjunct instructor in the Fire Science Technology program. He also serves as chair of the OTC Fire Science Advisory Board. In addition, Bryan works for the University of Missouri as an adjunct instructor in its Fire and Rescue Training Institute.
Bryan is a member of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is an Incident Commander on the Region D Incident Support Team and serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Professional Development Committee. Bryan is also a member of the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association and the American Legion. He is actively involved in several community organizations including the Springfield Safe Kids Coalition.