Bobby Halton, a familiar face at fire service conventions across the country, has passed away.
He began his fire service career with the Albuquerque, NM, Fire Department and rose through several ranks before retiring as Chief of Operations in 2004.
He was named fire chief in Coppell, TX, and worked there for a year before being named editor-in-chief. Fire Engineering Magazine, He later took on the role of Director of Education for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).
He was later promoted to Vice President and Academic Director.
He was active in several fire service organizations including the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, UL Fire Safety Research Institute, Columbia Southern University, and served on several National Fire Protection Association technical committees.
“Through his writing and teachings, Bobby has changed the way firefighters think about, train for, and respond to today’s emergencies,” said Peter Matthews, editor-in-chief of Firehouse. “Bobby has helped countless firefighters build a solid foundation for their time in the fire service and has prepared countless other fire officers for the known and unknown challenges they will face throughout their careers.”
You can read Halton’s columns and articles here.
“Bobby was certainly committed to the fire service, and he wanted firefighters to operate the best they could. There will be a hole to be filled…” said Ron Ciarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Longtime fire service veteran Steve Austin said of Halton: “Training and safety were paramount to him. He also firmly believed in the brotherhood and sisterhood of the fire service.”