Meet the Chief

Fire Chief Robert B. Abbott

Fire Chief Robert B. Abbott began his fire service career in Travis County in 1996 where he served in the ranks as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief. As an Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Abbott led the Operations, Training and Support Services Divisions where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of emergency service delivery.

Today, Chief Abbott is privileged to be able to lead a staff of talented professionals who are focused on providing the highest level of fire, prevention and pre-hospital care possible by nurturing an open labor/management relationship and developing community-centric programs.

Chief Abbott holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia University, a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program. He has earned both the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy Certified Fire Executive (CFE) and the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designations. Chief Abbott is a distinguished graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and has served as an expert witness on matters relating to employee terminations and labor disputes and is a practicing labor and divorce mediator. Chief Abbott is active in supporting state and federal legislative initiatives focused on improving the public safety industry. Chief Abbott is a past president of the Capital Area Fire Chiefs Association and is the Central Regional Director & Legislative Chair of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.