Long-time fire service leader ready to ride off into retirement

Scottsdale Fire Department is celebrating the retirement of Deputy Chief Steve Randall after nearly 40 years of service at 9 am, Nov. 13, at Scottsdale Fire Station 608, 9598 E. Cactus Rd.

“Chief Randall was instrumental in transitioning Scottsdale Fire Department into a municipal department as the Rural Metro representative in Scottsdale and has served the city, citizens and visitors of Scottsdale honorably for almost 40 years,” said Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon.  “His contributions as executive staff have shaped the department into a premier fire service organization. He will be missed.”

Randall, a Saguaro High School graduate, started his career in 1980 as a Reserve Firefighter with Rural/Metro in Scottsdale.  He was appointed to a full-time firefighter position in 1981. During his 24 years with Rural/Metro, Randall also served in the positions of Captain, Battalion Chief, Emergency Medical Services Chief and Assistant Chief. He was the Fire Chief for their Maricopa County Operations from 2002-2004.

Chief Randall joined Scottsdale Fire Department as Assistant Chief in August 2004, spending his first year leading many of the projects and initiatives needed to successfully transition to the new municipal fire department. This included the bid and award of a new ambulance contract, policy development, revisions to the fire and human resource codes and the development of the first fire department operating budget.

In 2011, Chief Randall was assigned to the Public Safety Division as the City Emergency Manager to oversee the newly formed Emergency Management/Homeland Security Bureau.  The Bureau was comprised of the Emergency Management Division, Police Emergency Preparedness Section, Police Special Events Unit and the Municipal Security Division.  When the Public Safety Division was dissolved in 2014, he returned to the Fire Department senior staff as Deputy Chief of Professional Services and Resource Management.

“There have been so many changes and advancements in the fire service over the past 30 plus years: New technology, more focus on firefighter safety and wellness, and our approach to fighting fires to name a few,” Chief Randall said. “But one thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication Scottsdale Firefighters have always maintained to provide excellent service to Scottsdale and the surrounding communities.”

His community involvement has been extensive throughout his career.  The list of volunteer work has included: Scottsdale Leadership Class 10, Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board, Partners for Paiute – President, Papago Rotary- President, Scottsdale Charros, Scottsdale Community College Fire Science/EMT Program Advisory Board, VP 2003 Horsesense Advisory Committee and Camp Volunteer 10+ years.  He remains significantly involved on the Healthworld Board of Trustees since 2004 and is the Scottsdale Historical Society President.

“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve with all of the men and women of the SFD, both sworn and civilian, for all of these years,” said Randall. “I will miss it.”

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