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Fire Chief

Roderick S. Williams, City of Orlando Fire Chief

Roderick S. Williams is the 19th Orlando Fire Chief appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer in February of 2015.

Chief Williams oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and provides counsel to the Mayor in matters of public safety and the maintenance of City fire protection.

Chief Williams is a native to Orlando, graduating Jones High School in 1988. During his 20-year tenure with OFD, Chief Williams has worked in many capacities including serving as Deputy Chief for the Fire Administrative Services Bureau, Assistant Chief in Administration and in the Training Division focusing on technology, field operations, as well as recruitment and mentoring programs.

Chief Williams’ vision encompasses all of the traditions and values of the fire service, while investing in cutting-edge technology and providing state of the art training. The city of Orlando has constructed six new fire stations and a new headquarters, implemented Fire Based Transport to ensure a continuum of care for our residents and achieved a Class 1 ISO Rating and International Accreditation – making our Orlando Fire Department one of only 15 departments in the nation to have both.

Degrees and certifications:

  • Associates degree – Valencia State College
  • Bachelor of Science degree – Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Master of Arts in Management and Leadership – enrolled at Webster University

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