Several roadways in Bryan will soon be safer for motorists during heavy rainfall, thanks to a grant the City of Bryan recently received from the state Flood Infrastructure Fund.
You probably won’t see Bryan Fire Chief Rich Giusti in his office much. But that’s a good thing. Instead, you’ll see him meeting with firefighters, going to community events and immersing himself in the culture of the Fire Department and city as much as possible.
He’s been attending trainings, riding along with different teams at the various first stations and talking with his staff, city leaders and members of the community to ensure that the next chapter in the Bryan Fire Department builds on the success of the last.
“The first priority is to learn and observe the way the BFD operates and for me to get to know our other personnel,” Giusti said. “I’m hopeful to gain the trust of our firefighters by getting to know eachother.”
Giusti was sworn in as the Bryan Fire Department’s newest Chief on April 1, 2021 after the retirement of former chief Randy McGregor. He came to Bryan from the San Antonio Fire Department, where he served as the Assistant Fire Chief involved in planning, policy, program development, performance evaluation, reporting and training. He was selected as the Chief after a nationwide search and competitive interview process.
But why Bryan?
“The more I looked into the community and the Fire Department, the more I liked,” he said. “The Fire Department is very progressive and has the city’s support to keep our firefighters safe. And, when my wife and I came up to visit, we really felt at home because the people were so nice.”
Giusti said he has several priorities as he begins to lead the department. First is firefighter safety. “I want to make sure we have a roundtrip ticket for all of our firefighters to make sure they go home to their families every night,” he said.
The department will also be focusing on ensuring it does the best job for all of Bryan’s residents by keeping them safe and having the best customer service possible. Giusti said he plans to ensure that’s done through making sure every member of the Fire Department is trained. “Then, we have to reassess,” he said. “It’s very easy for organizations to get complacent, which is why we always have to reassess to see where we’re at.”
Since starting the position, Giusti said his impressions of the Fire Department have been nothing but positive. “The people are exceptionally kind and hard working,” he said. “I think I made a great decision to move and become part of the Bryan community.”