Chief Roy Robichaux has been involved with the IAFC for nearly 40 years. His contribution to the fire service and the IAFC has been a vital part of the growth of the organization as well as his knowledge and experience has been to expertise of the Louisiana fire service.
Chief Roy Robichaux has been with the Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department since he began as a volunteer in 1972. He worked his way up through the ranks within the department, becoming the fire chief in 1978. The Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department covers approximately 27 square miles of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana and is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans. Since 1978, the department has grown from a one-station, total volunteer department to a combination department with five stations.
Chief Robichaux earned a bachelor of science degree in Engineering Technology from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA. He has completed several classes offered by the National Fire Academy including Community Fire Protection Planning, Commanding the Initial Response, and Fire Fighter Safety and Survival. In 2010, Chief Robichaux retired from ConocoPhillips where he was the fire chief and emergency response superintendent at the Alliance Refinery for 23 years. He currently serves as Superintendent of Fire Departments for Plaquemines Parish Government. As superintendent, he oversees the parish’s seven fire departments. One of his many accomplishments during his tenure is having assisted each department in transitioning from total volunteer to combination departments.
Chief Robichaux joined the IAFC in 1978 and currently serves as Southwestern Division International Director on the IAFC Board of Directors after serving as division president, division secretary-treasurer and division state (LA) vice-president. He has belonged to several IAFC sections and has agreed to serve as a board advocate to the Industrial and Fire Safety Section.
Chief Robichaux is active in many fire service organizations, including the Louisiana Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association, the Louisiana Fireman’s Supplemental Pay Board, and the Plaquemines Parish Emergency Planning Committee.
Additionally, Chief Robichaux served as an adjunct instructor at LSU Industrial Fire Chief’s School, University of Nevada Fire Protection Training Academy, and at Williams Foam School.
Chief Dayringer joined the IAFC Southwestern Board of Director’s in 2015 to replace 1st Vice President Shauwn Howell. He is currently residing in Fayetteville, AR and an Oklahoma native. Chief Dayringer is an intregal part of the SW community.
David Dayringer has served as Fayetteville Fire Chief since January 2010. He previously served as Deputy Chief for the Tulsa Fire Department, where he worked for 28 years.
Dayringer received an Associate of Science degree from Tulsa Community College in Fire Protection Technology and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Operations Management from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and a Chief Fire Officer Designate from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is a Member in the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician.
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It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your president during 2018. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress and momentum of the previous presidents and leadership of the division.
As we move into 2018, the fire service continues to be challenged to be more efficient and effective in the use of our customers’ (taxpayers’) funds. This is not a localized issue but one that is evident across the country, including the five states that comprise the Southwest Division. This is occurring at the same time that our country and our region is experiencing the most costly series of wide spread disaster level incidents in the country’s history. The numerous hurricanes and flooding experienced along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts and Puerto Rico and the wildfires in the western states have resulted in devastation of homes, commercial properties and public safety assets. This will compound the physical effects of these incidents by lowering the values of or removing properties from the tax rolls putting further pressure on local government funding streams.
These storms have brought out what is good and honorable in our profession as departments from across the country have donated significant resources into the affected areas. A significant number of good, serviceable apparatus have been donated into the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region from several departments across the country, allowing for smaller cities such as Rockport, Texas to return to providing service to their communities.
The focus of the Southwest Division during the next year is to expand its leadership course offerings throughout the division’s five-state area. In doing so, the goal is to bring relevant and timely discussion topics to the attendees at each venue and do so at an affordable price point to encourage attendance.
I look forward to this year and hope to see you at one of the conferences or meetings being scheduled.
Chief Randall Parr, Fire Chief
Tomball Fire Department
President- IAFC- SW Division 2017-2018