To be an
effective modern day firefighter you must be good at more than just putting out
Robert "Bob" Weber exemplifies all of the wonderful characteristics that make
the fire service so unique and indispensable. When Bob was born they didnít
break the mold, in fact, they covered it in bronze so that it would last
The 2008 winner advanced through all areas of
responsibility in the fire service. He started his public safety career in 1956
as a Volunteer Firefighter with the West Bend-Wisconsin Fire Department and
progressed all the way to become a Fire Chief and an Emergency Services Director
here in Arizona. During his career he actually developed an all-volunteer Fire
Department into a four-station professional, class 3, full service combination department. That
included Certified Emergency Paramedics, I.C.B.O. Certified Fire Inspectors, a
Law Enforcement Certified Arson Investigator, and State Certified Hazardous
Material Technicians. At the time he also established one of only a few dispatch
centers in the nation for Fire & Police that was operated by the fire
Our winnerís contributions
to the Arizona Fire Service are not limited to the productive 22 years he spent
with the Lake Havasu Fire Department. Over the course of his expansive career he
has served on county and state committees responsible for emergency medical,
emergency planning, and response.
He was an active member of the Arizona
State Fire Training Committee from 1978 to 2008.
This outstanding firefighter has also been an International Association of Fire Chiefs and a
Citizen Ambassador Delegate to over 20 countries around the world. He served as
the Delegation Leader of a group of Fire Officials from 5 nations to the Peoples
Republic of China and was part of a Management Team to Armenia to help with
recovery from their 1988 earthquake. For his service, he received a lifetime achievement
award from the Arizona Fire Chiefs. As a matter of fact, this guy has won so
many awards, theyíre just too numerous to mention!
Poland Bob in Shanghi
Bob also served as the Executive Director for our Arizona Fire Chiefs
Association for 11 years. It was Bobís excellent business and financial
management skills that helped to transform the Fire Chiefs Association into a
profitable and effective organization. But Bobís contributions to public safety
did not end there. He is an advisor to the Executive Board of the Arizona Fire
Mechanics, a State Fire Management Grant Review Committee Member and has
been an instrumental part of our state fire school.
In 2002 Bob formed Sequoia Educational Assistance, a non-profit group to provide
educational assistance funding for firefighters. Last June the foundation
donated thousands of dollars to this fire school and to the Arizona Fire
Long before Bob began the foundation, he was scavenging
from the rich to give to the poor. Bob may have liked having all that
old gear in the house but his garage, living room, and bedroom began to overflow
with gear. In order to keep the peace with his lovely wife Joyce, he had to
construct a separate 40í x 40í storage building to store all the gear!
When there is something
strange in your neighborhood...
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Bob has always lived his life on the run. If not flying
off to a conference or to help a fire department pick-up a new fire truck, Bob
stays busy helping volunteer departments get their non-profit tax status and
educating subdivisions on how to become fire districts.
Although Bob is now
officially retired from the Arizona Fire Service, he doesnít have any plans to
change his daily routines helping those who help others. Bob does what he does
because he wants to -- not because he has to. He couldnít think of any reason
why he would change what he is doing now.
No matter what the
emergency has ever been, Bob Weber has always been one to come up with workable
solutions. For the Arizona Fire Service, in so many ways, Bob Weber, has been a
true "Master of Disaster"!
Bob Weber & Daniel
- President of United Fire
Bob & Joyce Weber
Bob with daughters
Terry Trinko & Debra Standal