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IAFC Director Roy Robichaux

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.



Arkansas VP Chief Dayringer

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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A Word from President Parr


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

Louisiana State Vice President Roberson

Assistant Chief Chad Roberson took the oath of office on October 7, 2017 to represent the state of Louisiana on the IAFC-Southwestern Division. Before joining our board, he has been heavily involved with the IAFC by volunteering his time on various committees within the organization.

Chief Chad Roberson is a 29-year veteran and assistant fire chief for the St. George Fire Protection District in East Baton Rouge Parish. Roberson has a master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an associate degree in fire science from Louisiana State University Eunice (LSUE). Roberson graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) program and has been awarded the Certified Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Roberson currently serves on the Emergency Management Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is a current executive board member of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Foundation and the Louisiana Municipal Association. He is also currently serving as President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association


1st Vice President Howell

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors didn’t waste any time in continueing the work by the previous board of directors.  Led by President Randy Parr, he is being assisted by the 1st Vice President Shauwn D. Howell.

Fire Chief Howell is currently the Fire Chief of Pine Bluff Fire Department in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Chief Howell was promoted to Fire Chief on December 30, 2011. Before the appointment he served as the interim chief for 7 months.

Howell is a graduate of Dollarway High School, has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Central Arkansas and an associate’s degree in fire science from Southeast Arkansas College. Howell has worked for the department for 12 years, serving as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, training director, public information officer, deputy fire chief and interim fire chief. Howell has been deputy fire chief since 2010. Howell has served in a supervision position with the department for six years. He worked part-time as an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden from 2007 to 2009.

His training credentials are as follows:

B.S. Industrial Technology
AAS Fire Science
EMT-National Registered-NREMT
Firefighter 1 – 2 – IFSAC
Company Officer 1 – 2 – IFSAC
Instructor 1 – IFSAC
Arkansas Fire Academy Instructor

To learn more about Chief Howell please visit his page with Pine Bluff Fire Department



Meet our 2nd Vice President

Chief Robert Benoit of Lafayette, LA was elected as the 2nd Vice President by the members at the annual business meeting which took place on October 7 in Houston, TX.

The role of the 2nd Vice President is to assist the President and First Vice President of the Division.  In the absence or inability of the President and First Vice President shall assume all duties of the President. He shall also be the Chairman of the Membership Activities of the Association.

Chief Benoit began his career in 1979 when he entered rookie class for the Lafayette Fire Department.  He rose up the ranks in Lafayette with numerous positions.  He was appointed the Fire Chief in 1993 and remains in that position today. During his tenure with LFD he served as an adjunct instructor for LSU-Eunice from 1992-2000.

Chief Benoit has been a member of the IAFC since many years.  He has also served many positions on various committees representing the Southwestern  the IAFC Constitution and By-Laws Committee.

We welcome Chief Benoit to the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Division. He brings with him many years in education and training and will be beneficial to the mission of the Southwestern Division of the IAFC.

Chief Benoit will host the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference in his home town of Lafayette, LA.  He currently is also on the Education/ Conference Planning Committee.



Chief Benoit- 2nd VP 2017-2018

IAFC-SW Division set to offer assistance to Houston and surrounding departments 

SW Division President Tom Bradley along with members of the executive committee have met to discuss the current needs in Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey.   President Bradley commented  with Texas and Louisiana located in the heart of our division, we feel it’s critical that we offer this local assistance.   Executive Director Moatts has been in touch with vendors and suppliers who are also willing to help the division and leaders of the area as soon as more information is gathered.  “We don’t want to be a nuisance, we just want them to know we are here if and when needed” – Chief Tom Bradley.

Moatts has been in touch with division president-elect Randy Parr, fire chief of Tomball Texas.  Chief Parr is dealing with flooding in his town.  Tomball is located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston.  Chief Parr stated that his unmet needs are “help with evacuation and care of the people.”

The leadership of the Division is conducting a needs assessment with area leaders.  Currently operations are still in rescue phase however, the recovery phase will bring additional challenges and needs at that time as well.

Moatts also reached out to Louisiana vice president Robert Benoit, fire chief of Lafayette Fire Department to offer assistance as they prepare for the potential of flooding from tropical storm Harvey.

Fire Chief James LeBlanc of St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department in Ascension Parish announced that Lamar-Dixon Conference Center is being used as a donation collection site for the Harvey relief effort. Chief LeBlanc reflected on the tragedy that struck his community last year. “A year ago this week the Texas people showed up in Louisiana with supplies that we needed, so we want to return the favor to them, ” as quoted to WAFB9.

More information of the relief efforts will be available in our electronic newsletter or visit



Greetings Members of the Southwest Division,

The last eight months has been busy for the Southwest Division.  Perhaps the most important objective of my presidency has been to bring relevance to our division.  You asked, and we delivered.  Currently we are working to re-design our electronic monthly newsletter which highlights what’s going on within each state in our Division as well as upcoming training events.  We have also brought a first of it’s kind training program; the SWFCA Leadership Academy for Chief Officers. It teaches our future chiefs what to expect when they put on the Fire Chief’s hat. With coaching and mentoring classes online, this training is designed exclusively for the Southwestern Division’s members. Each session is unique and personalized.  We also are bringing modern incident command training through our Command Symposium series taught by Chief Alan Brunacini and friends.

In addition, during the past 8 months after numerous conference calls and two meetings with the IAFC Board of Directors along with every Division President and Secretary back in the spring of this year, a partnership between the IAFC and the Divisions was signed into policy.  This historical occasion also brought debate over conflicts between the Divisions and IAFC.  From this governance committee surfaced a resolution to conflicts of interest between the IAFC and Divisions which was signed by the Divisions and IAFC.   This agreement will assist all federation members in reaching a fair resolve when an issue may arise. I wish to thank the SWD Board members for their vital input and assistance in helping to resolve this issue with the IAFC and other Divisions.

As we look forward to the SWD IAFC Executive Leadership Conference and Vendor Expo in Houston Nassau Bay, Texas this October, we are continuing to bring great content such as education and product showcases, I would also like remind our members that we hold annual elections for new and existing board members.  We also will have some constitution and by-law proposals on the ballot.  Please exercise your right as a SW Division member to cast your vote. We need your input to move this Division forward, maintaining our place as the greatest division in the IAFC.

This year Chief Randy Parr of Tomball Texas will be sworn in as the new President of the Division. Please make plans to join us in celebrating Chief Parr as he takes the baton, working with our Board and members to continue the growth and prosperity of this great division.


Fire Chief Tom Bradley

Stillwater Fire Department

President, SW-IAFC 2016-2017


Conference Keynote Speaker M. Mirarchi

Mr. Michael Mirarchi, a colleage of Dr. Gordon Graham will be the keynote speaker

He has presented his “Reset the Clock” program over 1,100 times to more than 26,000 leaders at employer facilities across North America. He has presented the HR Professional version of this program for SHRM Chapters across the country, annually for Dallas HR.

In conjunction with various employer, industry and professional associations, he has conducted live TV broadcasts, webinars and on-line employee relations programs, in addition to presenting at their regional and national conferences.


Topics include:

Balance Employee and Employer Rights

  • Concerns about job security, responding to
  • Generalized disparaging comments, how to address
  • Personality and attitude problems, how to handle
  • Discriminatory comments, disassociating yourself from

Minimize The Risks of Day-To-Day Management

  • Employee complaints, proper responses to
  • Problematic job interview situations, how to handle
  • Erratic performance, how to address
  • Disabilities, responding to a request for an accommodation

Maximize The Effectiveness of Your Policies

  • Open discrimination charges, responding to a request to discuss
  • Sexual harassment complaint, proper initial response to
  • Substance abuse, confrontation in obvious impairment situations
  • Violence, responding to threats of

Key Concepts for Staying Free of Legal Challenges

  • Serious misconduct, proper initial response
  • Previously unaddressed misbehavior, how to address
  • Corrective action meetings, how to prepare for and conduct
  • Discharge meetings, how to prepare for and conduct

Eliminate Your Personal Liability

  • Potential sexual harassment, proper reaction to
  • Serious off-the-job misconduct, how to respond to
  • Reference checks, how to handle
  • Disclosure of Medical Conditions, How to React to




Special luncheon being held during FRI

The Southwestern Division is geared and ready to invite our members to a special luncheon in their honor this year during the Division Luncheon.  Expect to see a little something special for our members.  For a small fee of $10 you can expect to receive an exceptional meal as well as take part in a special presentation, exciting plans for the upcoming year and a sneak peek into our first Executive Leadership Conference hosted in Houston, TX.

If you have registered to attend FRI in Charlotte this year, be on the look-out for a special  invitation-only link to attend the SW Division Luncheon.

See you in Charlotte!

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