As retirement approaches, Berardi reflects on time with KCFD

Bill Grady
November 10, 2017 - 5:10 am

He has some vacation days to burn, but Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi is moving on.

Berardi announced his retirement in September, and Friday is his last full day. He attends a meeting about the opening of a new Northland station and administratively speaking, the last official day is December 14th.  

Berardi has been with the department since 1986. He was named chief in 2012. 

In an exclusive interview with KMBZ, Berardi said he is leaving a deparement on solid ground, and he is not worried about leaving a void.

"The city manager has a good pool to choose from," Berardi said. "He's related that he's going to select from inside the organization and I'm confident any of the folks he chooses, they'll continue to move this department forward."

The chief has announced no solid plans for the future. He will remain president of the Missouri Fire Chiefs Association.

Berardi said he looks on the KCFD's new fleet of vehicles and the apprentice program with the school district with a great deal of pride. Those things, he said, will remain in place long after he is gone.

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