Fire Chief StedmanBruce A. Stedman serves as the first fire chief of South County Fire.

Chief Stedman has more than 39 years in the fire service. He previously was a Fire Chief of the Arlington Fire Department in north Snohomish County and the Alhambra Fire Department in California. Stedman has a bachelor’s degree in occupational studies and a master’s degree in emergency services administration, both from California State University, Long Beach.

During his time as a fire chief in Arlington, he served two years as the Director of Public Safety, overseeing both the police and fire departments. Chief Stedman also served as the Deputy Operation Chief during the first seven days of the Oso mudslide.

Chief Stedman has been an instructor for college courses on leadership, management and fire service. He has provided instruction and lectures internationally on American fire service urban search and rescue, tactics and strategies, arson, riot response and other topics.