Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer transitioned the responsibility of the Orlando Fire Department from Chief John Miller to Chief Roderick Williams in the time-honored Change of Command ceremony, marking a pivotal moment in Orlando’s history as Chief Williams was sworn in as the 19th Orlando Fire Chief.
As the newly appointed Fire Chief, Williams will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department and serve as chief counsel to the Mayor on matters of public safety. Chief Williams has been a member of the Orlando Fire Department for 19 years and has worked in many capacities including serving as Deputy Chief for both the Fire Support Services Bureau and the Administrative Bureau. He has also served as Assistant Chief in Administration focusing on key technology upgrades and improvements, worked in the Field Operations Bureau directly serving Orlando citizens and in the Training Division with responsibilities over recruitment, hiring and the Field Training Officer Program.
Williams was born and raised in Orlando, grew up in the Washington Shores and Richmond Heights neighborhoods and graduated from Jones High School.
ORLANDO FIRE DEPARTMENT BACKGROUND:
Established in 1885, the Orlando Fire Department began as a group of dedicated volunteers. Operating as “Orlando Hook and Ladder Company No. 1”, “Orlando Hose Company No. 1”, and “Mechanics Hose and Engine Company No. 2”, these men proudly served to protect the lives and property of the 1,666 citizens of Orlando.
Today the more than 500 men and women of the Orlando Fire Department proudly continue this tradition with 17 Firehouses serving a population of more than 255,000 people within a 114 square mile area. In 2014, the Orlando Fire Department responded to more than 50,000 emergency incidents ranging from fires and emergency medical calls to rescue and other emergency-type incidents. The Orlando Fire Department is one of only 15 departments in America to have both international accreditation and an ISO 1 rating.