Chief Bobby Halton

The Responsibilities of the Company Officer

Chief Bobby Halton

Ever-passionate about and always committed to all duties of career and volunteer fire service members, Chief Bobby Halton is a remarkably engaging speaker who brings more than 40 years of experience to his premier presentations.

“As a community that has answered the call to duty, let’s celebrate the qualities and virtues that undergird our profession and other uniformed services,” says Chief Halton, who has delivered more than 1,000 speeches to the fire service community. “Let us revel in natural goodness, honor, principles and morality. Above all, let us honor duty, which compels men and women in uniform to be honest and forthright.”

Chief Halton is currently Vice President, Education Director/Group Editor for the Clarion Fire Rescue Group. In this role, Bobby leads the content and education for the Fire & EMS group in print, in person and online. This group includes Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, Firefighter Nation, Fire Apparatus and Emergency Equipment and The Journal of Emergency Medical Services magazines. Chief Halton is the Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) and EMS Today.

The author of more than 400 articles, Chief Halton is a native New Yorker who began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Fire Department and rose through the ranks. Halton was Chief of Operations upon his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became Chief of the Coppell (Texas) Fire Department.

The Education Director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He was a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committees. Chief Halton is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives and has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

“Those in command at every level must always be made mindful that to be a good officer, you must know what your people are going through and what is expected of them or you don’t know what you are doing,” Chief Halton recently wrote in Fire Engineering. “We hold this mantra as fundamental: ‘Those who talk should do, and only those who do should talk.’”

FASNY Convention 2018’s keynote speaker returns with “The Responsibilities of the Company Officer” that will explore challenges facing current and future fire service officers and other aspects of leadership, delivered by a man who has held many titles over his four decades in the fire service.