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NewberryBryan E. Newberry, CFO, EFO, CTO, FM, MIFireE currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Fire Chief of the Battlefield, MO Fire Protection District.  Bryan started in the fire service in 1992 as a cadet with the Nixa, MO Fire Protection District.  In 1995, Bryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty for four years.  Upon returning from active duty, he was hired as a full time member of the Nixa Fire District.  Bryan served in multiple ranks up to the rank of Assistant Chief in Nixa.  In March 2010, Bryan was appointed as the fire chief of the Battlefield Fire Protection District and currently serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

Bryan holds numerous certification and training credentials.  He completed his course work from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) in August 2010 and subsequently graduated in March 2011.  He has graduated from the Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Emergency Management Professional Development Series.  Bryan received accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission of Professional Credentialing (CPSE) on May 4, 2011 and received the Fire Marshal designation on March 6, 2012 and the Chief Training Officer designation on May 5, 2015.  In June 2011, Bryan received the honor of Fire Chief of the Year from the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (FFAM).  In September 2011, he earned the distinction from The Institution of Fire Engineers with the title of MIFireE.  In February 2012, 2013 and 2014, he received the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in recognition of participation in the Million PALA Challenge.  In 2014, Bryan was again honored Fire Chief of the Year from the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) for his continued effort in leadership.

Bryan has a Masters’ in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Cum Laude in Business Administration from Columbia College (MO) and an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science from Ozarks Technical Community College (MO).  He graduated from the University of Missouri Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FLSEP) in 2004.  In addition, he has completed course work with the Edge Learning Institute’s Increasing Human Effectiveness program.

Additional completed education and coursework includes the National Fire Academy (NFA), the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), University of Missouri, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Fire Administration (USFA), State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the National Wildfire Coordination Group, Missouri Southern State University, International Code Council, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2005.

Bryan teaches extensively at Ozarks Technical Community College as an adjunct instructor in the Fire Science Program and serves as the chairman of the Ozarks Technical Community College Fire Science Advisory Board.  He is also an adjunct instructor with the University of Missouri’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

Bryan is the past Vice President of the Queen City Area Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, International Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Section, and an Incident Commander on the Region D Incident Support Team.  He is also a member of the Fire Marshals Association of Missouri, Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association, International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association, Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association, the American Legion, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and Past Chair of the Springfield Safe Kids Coalition.  Bryan was also recognized in 2007 by the Springfield Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40.