Chief Bobby Halton Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering Magazine
Retired Albuquerque Deputy Chief Operations / Coppell Texas Fire Chief
Editor in Chief Fire Engineering Magazine
Years of public service:
Paid fire department
Chief Fire Offficer, Haz Mat
Topics you provide training for:
Tactics / Fire Behavior / Leadership / Decision Making / Critical Incident Management / Blue Card Certification / Assessment Center Training / Public Speaking
Areas of expertise:
Public speaking, Fireground tactics, Fireground decision-making, fire behavior, interpersonal dynamics, Leadership in the fire service, Fireground command, instructional dynamics, Classroom presentations, Fire service politics
Chief Bobby Halton ret. is currently editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Chief Halton is a native New Yorker. He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine.
Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States, Canada and internationally.
Your editorials are always great, but I especially like the Feb., 2018. With what is happening in the U. S. political arena today, we need more people like Davey Crocket to come back in to the fold. Great analogy Bobby, I always look forward to your writings.
My Apologies, I guess I should have read closer to the disclaimers.
I will remove myself immediately. My intention was not to be deceitful but to protect the identity of my community, department and Chief.
Bobby thanks for showing interest in our training facility, it was customized and built by american fire training systems. It has a class A burner, SCBA maze with configurable walls, forcible entry doors, Denver Drill window, vertical ventilation prop, vertical drop for confined space entry, stair case for hose drills, elevator door prop, multiple windows for bailouts, pickups, etc. Four floors for high rise simulation with stand pipes, and 10000 mbs high angle anchor. We are thrill with our "toy".
Myself and another firefighter were recently disciplined for authoring an article in Fire Engineering. Our Chiefs perspective is that city property (including bunker gear, apparatus, and tools in the photos) is not to be used for non-city business. Is this a standard policy in fire departments and cities around the nation? If so, how do the rest of your authors navigate these issues? What was your perspective as Chief of Albuquerque? Thanks for considering.
Thanks Bobby, I'm proud to be the first community member from the Netherlands and I'm very curious how you guys manage budget cuts and how the results of the 'live burn' experiments on Governors Island in New York will affect the common tactics. In the Netherlands firegroundtactics are also 'hot issues', same as reducing engine staffing. So I'll stay focucused on that.
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