Assistant Chief Mike Carsten has proudly served at the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) since 1998 and has been in the fire service since 1991. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Business Service and Community Risk Reduction. With the Business Services Bureau his responsibilities include direct oversight of Fire Prevention, Logistics, Accreditation, as well as IT/Technology. He promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and currently Assistant Chief. Assistant Chief Carsten has served as adjunct faculty with Pima Community College since 2002. He is an instructor in the Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute, teaching Strategy & Tactics. He has served as a representative for the Fire and Life Safety Section on the program planning committee for Fire Rescue International (FRI) since 2016. In addition, he serves on the program planning committee for the Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference sponsored by the IAFC as well as a steering committee member for Vision 20/20. In his current role as Assistant Chief and formerly as the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal of the Fire Prevention Division, he has been strongly focused on reducing injuries, life loss, and property loss through focused attention on Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction Initiatives. He is a strong supporter and driver of the Tucson Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction (CRR) efforts, which includes a collaborative working relationship with not only TFD employees, but also all other City of Tucson Departments and many community partners.