Laura is an Assistant Chief for the Tucson Fire Department (TFD).
She has been with TFD since 1994. She has served as the Deputy Chief of Training, Fire Prevention and Operations. Laura was the first woman in TFD history to be promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief at the beginning of 2015. She currently oversees Fire Prevention, Medical Administration, and the 9-1-1 Communications Center.
Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 1992 and received an Associate’s degree in Paramedicine from Pima Community College in 1997. Laura earned a Master of Science in Fire Service Administration from Arizona State University in December 2004. Laura completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) in March 2007.
Laura is passionate about Integrated Community Risk Reduction and the Tucson Collaborative Community Care Program (TC-3) a mobile integrated health program, as both are leading change in the service in areas that connect the right resources through collaboration and empower citizens to take ownership of their health and safety.
Laura co-founded Camp Fury, with Chief Cheryl Horvath past President of iWomen, a Girl’s Fire Camp, in partnership with the Girl Scouts. The camp provides an introduction to public safety (fire/ems and law enforcement) to promote a positive leadership experience to high school aged girls; additionally they run a one-day camp for middle school aged girls.
She serves on the Vision 20/20 steering committee for iWomen
International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Firefighters, NFPA, ICC, Arizona Fire Chiefs, and Arizona Fire Marshals.
Laura can be reached at [email protected].