Fire Chief Bill Killen

Fire Chief Bill Killen

Join host Chris Baker as he discusses the history of the fire service with Fire Chief Bill Killen (ret.) President/CEO of the National Fire Heritage Center and why it's important to learn about the history of the fire service. This episode is dedicated to the men and women that built the American Fire Service.

Fire Chief (Ret.) William "Bill" Killen is a Fire and Emergency Services Consultant and retired Fire Chief with 65+ year's fire risk management and fire and emergency services management experience, 44 years at the Chief Officer level.

Chief Killen is one of four surviving members of the original Astronaut Rescue Team at the Kennedy Space Center Fire Department. He served on four Apollo and three Skylab missions. As President of the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs, he commissioned the National Mutual Aid System Task Force following Hurricane Katrina, September 2005, resulting in the development of the National Mutual Aid System. In addition, Chief Killen developed and coordinated the publication of "National Mutual Aid System for the Fire Service: A Strategic Plan," September 2006.

Chief Killen is a charter member of the National Fire Heritage Center and served ten years from 2008-2018 as Vice President and three terms as President/CEO. He is a Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers- United States of America Branch, where he served as Vice President.

He authored several books, including the "History of the Apollo and Skylab Astronaut Rescue Team" and has been a contributing author to the books "Firefighters" and "Pass It On," and has been published in several national and international fire service publications.

Chief Killen is the recipient of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution's Fire Safety Commendation and Emergency Medical Services Awards in 2021, the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and he was inducted into the Navy Fire & Emergency Service Hall of Fame in 2004.In addition, he was inducted into the Department of Defense Fire Service Hall of Fame in 2013.

(L to R): Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover, Former NFHC Director / Public Information Officer (PIO) Christopher Baker, Former NFHC President Bill Killen, NFHC President Emeritus Ronny J. Coleman and Former U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant.

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