Mr. DeChant served 23 years at the Glendale Fire Department. He functioned as an Operations Captain, Special Operations Captain, Division Chief of Special Operations, Division Chief of Training and Emergency Medical Services and Deputy Chief prior to being appointed as the Assistant Fire Chief in 2008.
Mr. DeChant has managed various sections of the fire department including budget, personnel, planning, logistics and operations. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science, Public Safety Administration and a Master Degree of Education, Educational Leadership. He was awarded his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2007 by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, his Executive Fire Officer designation by the National Fire Academy in 2013, and his Certified Public Manager certification by the Arizona State University Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program in 2017.
Mr. DeChant currently serves as the International Public Safety Association Board Vice-Chair which is a non-profit public safety association that represents law enforcement, fire service, telecommunications, EMS, public works (water, sanitation and transportation), public health, hospitals, security, private sector and emergency management.