Planning, Safety, and Transport Services
Assistant Chief – Planning, Safety, & Transport Services
Assistant Chief Richard Mooney began his career with the Superstition Fire & Medical District (then called the Apache Junction Fire District) as a Reserve Firefighter in 1996, before being hired full-time two years later as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1998. During his 22 years with SFMD, he has successively moved through the ranks of Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief before his promotion to Assistant Chief in 2018.
Chief Mooney earned his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. In 2010, he received his Master’s degree in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management from Grand Canyon University. He has also completed specialty training in Technical Rescue, Fire Investigation, and Incident Command Training as well as holding certifications as an Incident Safety Officer and Health & Safety Officer.
Chief Mooney moved to Arizona in 1984, graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa in 1986, and has remained an East Valley resident since arriving in Arizona. Chief Mooney is married and enjoys running, soccer, and traveling.