A Familiar Face is Brooklyn Center’s New Fire Chief
Brooklyn Center has a new fire chief. Todd Berg is no stranger to the city. He was born and raised in the suburban town.
He also has experience working for both the fire and public works departments. Berg knows the Public Works Department like the back of his hand. He’s been with them for 20 years. The supervisor of streets and parks has a lot of memories, but says won’t miss getting up in the middle of the night and preparing to plow during a snowstorm.
“Snowplowing is a big part of my job, trying to pretend to be a meteorologist during the winter,” explained Berg.
For the past six months he’s juggled two jobs– continued his duties with the public works department…and also served as interim fire chief. Berg has firsthand experience with the department. He’s been a part-time firefighter for almost 30 years.
“I started on the volunteer fire department in 1989, just fresh out of high school,” he said.
With all that experience under his belt, Berg hopes to bring stability to the department.
“I wanted to be chief because I think I have something to offer the fire department and the citizens of Brooklyn Center,” said the top firefighter.
His passion and purpose come from wanting to help others.
“We meet people on their worst days, and it’s rewarding for me to have an opportunity and the time knowledge to help people on their worst days,” he remarked.
One of his top priorities is addressing recruitment and retention.
“One of the big challenges we are looking at is trying to represent better what our city looks like on the fire department,” Berg said. “I look forward to the challenge and opportunities that lay, ahead for us.”