Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recently announced the retirement of Fire Deputy Chief Greg Hoggatt after more than 23 years of service at the City of Orlando. Mayor Dyer has appointed Assistant Chief Roderick Williams, a 17-year Orlando Fire Department (OFD) veteran to succeed Hoggatt as Deputy Chief.
“Deputy Chief Greg Hoggatt has had an outstanding history with our fire department and has provided strong leadership for three years as Deputy Chief,” said Mayor Dyer. “I am thankful for his dedication to delivering a high level of service to our residents and know he will be greatly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him.”
Newly promoted Deputy Chief Williams will now be responsible for the Fire Support Services Bureau of OFD which includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Management, Fire Safety Management, Technology Management and 911 Communications.
During his 17-year tenure with OFD, Willams has worked in many capacities including the Field Operations Bureau directly serving Orlando citizens and in the Training Division with responsibilities over recruitment, hiring and the Field Training Officer Program. Most recently, Williams served as Assistant Chief in Administration for the past year focused on key technology upgrades and improvements and working with the Fire Chief’s office to achieve an ISO rating of 1 – the top 1/10th of 1 percent of all fire departments in the nation.
“Public safety remains a top priority of my administration and I look forward to working with Chief Williams in his new role and the fine men and women of the Orlando Fire Department as they continue to deliver the highest level of safety and fire protection to the citizens of Orlando,” said Mayor Dyer.
Chief Williams joins the rank of Deputy Chief alongside Deputy Chiefs Frank Cornier and John McCormack. The Deputy Chiefs work directly under the leadership of OFD Chief John Miller who has overseen the day-to-day operations of the department since February 2010.
The appointment of Deputy Chief Williams will go into effect on October 14, 2012.