City of Troy

500 West Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48084
Ph: 248.524.3300

Troy Fire Department

David Roberts Fire Chief

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Dave Roberts | Fire Chief

The Troy, Michigan, Fire Department is led by Chief David Roberts, a 40+ year veteran of the department. Starting in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter, Dave has held the positions of Station Training Instructor, Station Lieutenant, and Station Captain before being hired full time as Fire Inspector in 1986, and then being promoted to Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal in 1994 before finally being promoted to Fire Chief in 2015. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science with a minor in Occupational Safety & Health from Madonna University, and earned his Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

The Troy Fire Department is comprised of six fire stations strategically located throughout the city. Firefighters, who are highly trained and certified by the State of Michigan, are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to requests for service such as fires, rescues, and other emergencies.

The Troy Fire Department provides effective and efficient fire protection, rescue, and hazard mitigation to the community with a team of professionals, both volunteer and career, through fire prevention, public education, training, emergency response, and strategic planning.

2019 Annual Report

The Troy Fire Department is unique in that staffing consists of an authorized strength of 180 volunteer members and 11 uniformed career staff members, a mere 6% of the department. Administrative support is achieved with the uniformed career staff and one full-time civilian administrative assistant; one part-time civilian administrative aide; and four uniformed part-time staff assistants who are also volunteer firefighters.

In addition to administrative support and emergency incident response, career staff members provide required firefighter training; community risk reduction; plan review; inspection and code enforcement; permitting; equipment acquisition and maintenance; hazardous material reporting; and emergency management planning to support the department and comply with both state and local mandates.

Overall, this combination of volunteer firefighters and career staff members operates at 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of many career departments of comparable or smaller size, allowing the City of Troy approximately $10M to $12M annually to provide other services. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 70% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers. 

A proactive approach to fire prevention principles and practices helps to reduce the risk of fire in the community, and is the basis for an affordable, well equipped, and well trained fire department.

The Troy Fire Department accepts applications for volunteer firefighters based on availability.

Application Form

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Dave always wanted to be a firefighter!