T. John Cunningham, Fire Chief
Chief Cunningham is a strong advocate for continuing education and career development. He regularly teaches leadership, incident management, safety, fire and rescue operations, and is an instructor for a hostile event/active shooter training program.
Chief T. John Cunningham has spent over 20 years in the public safety sector. Prior to coming to Brooklyn Park, he was the Fire Chief for the City of Elk River. He began his public safety career at a young age, joining a fire explorer program at thirteen and becoming a volunteer firefighter in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1998. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut. He is married to his partner, Benjamin, and lives in Elk River, with their two dogs, Liberty and Cooper. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, fitness, reading, and self-help home projects.
About our department
The Fire Department is an innovative and diverse organization with 25 full-time and 31 paid-on-call firefighter/EMTs. We currently operate from 4 fire stations, 3 of which are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of our firefighters are state certified and are also registered emergency medical technicians. The department responds to more than 9,000 calls for service each year.
Our commitment to you
We are committed to providing the residents and visitors of Brooklyn Park with the highest level of professionalism and customer service. Our unique staffing model allows for outstanding response times within a very cost-effective emergency service delivery organization.