Derek Bergsten was sworn in as the tenth Chief of the Rockford Fire Department on November 14th, 2008. Chief Bergsten holds an Associates of Science and an Associates of Fire Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organizational Development from Western University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. In addition to many specialized fire certifications, he possesses the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO) designations from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is also a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). Chief Bergsten serves as a board member of the Rock River Valley Food Pantry and as a volunteer at the YMCA and Rockford Public Schools.