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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

Robert Ross

Chief Robert J. Ross
Chief Robert J. Ross
Chief Robert J. "Rob" Ross is currently the Fire Chief/CEO of the South Fire District in Middletown, CT.

Rob began his fire service career as a sales representative for the Roybal Fire Equipment Company after graduating from Xavier High School in 1980. He went on join the Middletown Fire Department in 1982 where he held the ranks of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Public Information Officer, Deputy Chief, and served his last five years as the Fire Chief and CEO. He retired from the Department in June of 2004.

In April of 2005, Rob served a critical leadership role as the Connecticut State Coordinator for the largest national and international terrorism field exercise in U.S. History – TOPOFF 3.

Rob served as Fire Chief for the South Fire District from 2005 to 2007, then joined the Department of Public Safety in 2007 as Executive Director of the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services.

On November 29, 2011, the 29th anniversary of his first day on the job as a rookie Firefighter, Rob was sworn in as CT's first full-time State Fire Marshal. Rob was a past member of the City of Middletown Emergency Management and past Task Force Leader, Bravo Team, for the CT Urban Search and Rescue Team, Task Force 1.

Rob returned to the Chief's position at South Fire District on June 24, 2013.

Rob received his education and training in fire and emergency management from the Connecticut Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, Waterbury State Technical College, University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and Oklahoma State University.

Rob is a member of Middlesex County Fire Chiefs, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Career Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Fire Marshal's Association, New England Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Arson Investigators, and National Fire Protection Association.