Chief Larry Rooney has been involved in the fire service for over thirty years, starting his career as a Reserve Firefighter in Huntington Beach, California and then serving the City of Peoria, Arizona by rising up the ranks from Firefighter to Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, he oversaw each division and section of the Fire Department, leading them in becoming a dynamic “all hazards” fire service organization. Chief Rooney was instrumental in ensuring success in Peoria Fire’s quest for “Fire Department Accreditation” awarded by the Center for Public Service Excellence in 2010. In addition, Chief Rooney served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Peoria for over nine years enhancing the City’s emergency preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery efforts. Larry was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Lodi, California Fire Department in January of 2012.
Larry has been committed to lifelong learning and therefore holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Orange Coast College, an Associate in Science Degree in Fire Technology from Santa Ana College. He received his Bachelors in Science Degree from Grand Canyon University in Public Safety Administration, and obtained his Master’s Degree with “Distinction” in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In 2008, Chief Rooney received a Fellowship to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he attended the course for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
In addition to his formal education, Chief Rooney has completed the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO), and earned the distinction of Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from Arizona State University’s Advanced Public Executive Program and attended ASU’s Fire Service Institute. Additionally, he completed the renowned Rocky Mountain Leadership Program given by the University of Colorado. Larry holds a Lifetime Teaching Certificate for Maricopa Community Colleges where he has served as both a lead instructor and an advisor for the Fire Science Program at Glendale Community College.
Chief Rooney is responsible for the creation of the Central Arizona Wildland Response team (CAWRT) and was its initial Chairman. Larry served as the “Fire representative” on the Executive Board of the Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) covering the Phoenix regional area as well as serving on the Executive Board for the Arizona Fire Service Institute (AFSI).
Chief Rooney served three years as the President of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association from 2008-2011. Larry is a member of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, Institution of Fire Engineers, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Western Fire Chiefs Association, California Fire Chiefs, Arizona Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Association.
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