Maddison Zikmund joins the City of Fridley as the new Deputy Director/Fire Chief of Public Safety.
Zikmund spent the previous eight years with SBM Fire Department, which serves Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View. While at SBM, he served as Assistant Fire Chief and acted as the organization’s Public Information Officer, HR Director, and responded to emergency incidents as Chief Fire Officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University and is currently pursuing an MBA.
Through the years, Zikmund has worked closely with Fridley Fire and knows Fridley’s three previous Fire Chiefs very well. When asked about his new position, Zikmund said, “I’m eager to be in a brand new facility with an up-and-coming staff. I’m also excited about the opportunity to work in all-hazards environments like the Mississippi River, BNSF Railway, and large industrial complexes, in addition to the diverse commercial and residential communities.” Director of Public Safety, Brian Weierke, is very pleased with the hiring of Zikmund and had this to say: “Deputy Director/Fire Chief Zikmund is an outstanding leader in fire service and I’m excited for him to get started with our fire division. He has great vision and will provide great leadership within our Public Safety Department.”
Zikmund is involved in many philanthropic organizations and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Dakota Region of the American Red Cross, is Chairman of the Minnesota Fire Exploring Association, Chairman of Spring Lake Park’s Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) Program, and is active in Boy Scouts of America. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Spurgeon Award, which honored his outstanding service to the Boy Scouts organization.
Zikmund lives in Blaine with his wife Dani and two sons. Both of his parents are actively involved in the MN Fire Service and his father is a former SBM Fire Chief. He will begin his new position with the City of Fridley as Deputy Director/Fire Chief on January 4, 2021.