Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker today announced his appointment of Brad Zagone (pronounced Zah-goan) to the position of Bossier City Fire Chief. Mayor Walker made his announcement during a news conference this morning at Bossier City Hall.
Chief Zagone, 38, is a veteran of the Bossier City Fire Department of more than 16 years.
He joined the department and got his start on the fire line in August of 1994 and has most recently served as a Fire Prevention Officer with the BCFD’s Fire Prevention Bureau at the rank of Captain. In that capacity Chief Zagone’s duties included fire investigating, fire inspections and fire safety public education. He is also a certified member of the BCFD Bomb Squad. Chief Zagone holds a number of certifications including Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Fire Inspector I and II, Fire Fighter I and II, Fire Service Instructor I as well as a number of fire and explosives investigation specialties.
During his career with BCFD Chief Zagone has received numerous awards and citations including Administrative Fire Officer of the Year, Academic Achievement Award, Excellence Service Award, Meritorious Unit Citation Award, Bomb Technician Award, LSU AgCenter Certificate of Service Award and Unit Citation Award.
Chief Zagone is a 1990 graduate of Airline High School and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration degree in 2007 from Bossier Parish Community College.
Chief Zagone replaces Sammy Halphen who retired at the end of 2010 and becomes the Bossier City Fire Department’s seventh chief. His appointment is effective today, March 1, 2011 and is contingent on his subsequent passing of the Fire Chief Civil Service test which will be administered on March 29, 2011.