Bruce Baurichter was hired by the Tacoma Fire Department in 1986 and elected to the Local 31 Executive board in 1988, serving as an officer for over 25 years. He held the office of Vice President, and was subsequently elected Secretary/Treasurer in 1994, and served in that capacity for 19 years. In 2013, Bruce was awarded Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus for Tacoma Professional Fire Fighters Local 31.
Bruce retired from the Tacoma Fire Department in 2017 after 31 years, and is currently on the Board of Directors for TAPCO Credit Union. He enjoys his retirement with his wife, Gayle, and continues to support and stay connected to the union. His daughter works as a union fire fighter/paramedic with IAFF Local 31, and his son is a union lineman with IBEW Local 77.