Dave Roberts | Fire Chief
The Troy, Michigan, Fire Department is led by Chief David Roberts, a 39 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 he 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. Fire Department staffing consists of an authorized strength of 180 volunteer members and 11 uniformed career staff members. Administrative support is achieved with the career staff and one full-time secretary, one part-time administrative aide, and four part-time staff assistants. 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 the highest possible level of fire protection, rescue, and hazard mitigation services to the community. This is accomplished with a team of professionals, both volunteer and career, by providing fire prevention, public education, training, emergency operations, and strategic planning.
Annual Report 2017
The Troy Fire Department is composed primarily of volunteer members with a career staff comprising a mere 6% of the department. In addition to administrative support, career staff members provide required firefighter training; public education; 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.
A proactive approach to fire prevention principles and practices helps to reduce the risk of fire in the community. This philosophy 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.
Dave always wanted to be a firefighter!