Thank you for visiting my election page as we work to win the election for the 2018 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Second Vice President. The IAFC is the premier organization for the fire service and I am honored to be asking for your support.

As a Fire Chief I know first hand the importance of building leadership.  That is what the IAFC is at its core. The IAFC is focused on creating leaders for the fire service that can meet the needs our communities expect of us.

That is why my platform focuses on firefighter to executive health and wellness, ensuring tools for our members on implementing of best practices for community risk reduction and working to reduce the impact of fire on our communities, to the continued need for paramedics and firefighters who can meet the growing operational challenges in our communities.

The IAFC must ensure the continued study and implementation of cancer prevention, application of tools for the continued well-being of our staff with mental wellness, and the continued need for physical abilities through solid fitness programs. We must continue to partner with key associations, programs and federal programs in Community Risk Reduction and work to battle the Fire and EMS problem in the United States.  Finally, we must make sure Fire Chiefs have the tools to recruit and retain the best fire service personnel that work for organizations that are agile to continue to meet the needs of our communities when they request service from our organization.


Dedicated Public Servant

Michael O’Brian is the Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority in Brighton Michigan!  The Fire Authority is a five station fire department in Southeast Michigan which covers 72 square miles with a combination of full-time, part-time and paid on call firefighters.

He currently serves as the International Director for the Fire and Life Safety Section of the IAFC. Prior to serving as the International Director, Chief O’Brian served as the Chairmen of the FLSS as well as the Secretary/Treasurer.  As part of representing the IAFC, Chief O’Brian has represented the FLSS on the program planning committee for Fire Rescue International for over 6 years and has spoken at many conferences including all levels of the Company Officer and Chief Development programs.

The passion for service is not new to the IAFC.  Chief O’Brian tirelessly serves as the President of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs where he started as a board member and served as Vice President.  During his tenure conference attendance has increased as well as membership while continuing to develop key relationships to ensure the voice of the Fire Chief has been heard in Michigan.


Michael O’Brian has over 22 years in the Fire Services with a career touching many aspects of our profession.

Starting out as a paid on call firefighter, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Northville Township Fire Department and then promoted to a full-time firefighter followed quickly to the rank of Fire Marshal.

Through the years he as served as a firefighter/paramedic with the Dearborn Heights Fire Department and a Staff Lieutenant with the Farmington Hills Fire Department. He has served as the Fire Chief of the Brighton Area Fire Authority for over six years and previously as the Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal.

His roles go far beyond that of a firefighter.  He has been actively engaged in the leadership of the Fire and Life Safety Section, an appointee of the IAFC to multiple code development committees with the International Code Council and National Fire Protection Association as well as an active presenter at Fire Rescue International and many company officer leadership classes across the United States.

Chief O’Brian is passionate about fire service fitness and health. This passion grows from the desire to set the example for his daughters and his department on a daily basis.  His transformation has been a key into his leadership abilities and desire for a cultural change in the fire service.