Drawing upon more than 35 years of practiced experience in fire safety, Bill G. Roberts
delved into his career path by chance, having spontaneously applied to become a firefighter on a whim at the suggestion of a friend. Finding that he had a true passion for the field, he first served the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department in 1958 until becoming a lieutenant of the department in 1964, holding the role for three years. Ascending the ranks to captain from 1967 to 1971 and division fire chief from 1971 to 1979, he subsequently served as an assistant fire chief from 1979 to 1983. Transferring to the Austin Fire Department soon thereafter, he served the department as fire chief for a fruitful 11 years before his retirement in 1994.
Remaining involved in many civic endeavors throughout his career, Mr. Roberts maintained executive roles with the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association, Brackenridge Hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin, the Austin Police Retirement System, and the Boy Scouts of America. Likewise, he was a frequent consultant in the field in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Washington, and California. As a testament to his success, Mr. Roberts received the John Stemmons Service Award from the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department in 1979. In addition, he was an International Association of Fire Chiefs Scholar in 1967.
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