Orlando’s 19th Fire Chief Roderick Williams, Sworn In

Orlando Fire Chief - Roderick Williams
Orlando Fire Chief – Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams was sworn in as the new Fire Chief of the Orlando Fire Department in a time-honored Change of Command ceremony on Thursday, transitioning the department’s responsibility from Chief Miller to Chief Williams.

The Change of Command marks the public transition from one Chief to the next. It marks a pivotal moment in Orlando’s history as Chief Roderick Williams is sworn in as the 19th Orlando Fire Chief.

As the newly appointed Fire Chief, Williams will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department and serve as chief counsel to the Mayor on matters of public safety.

Chief Williams has been a member of the Orlando Fire Department for 19 years and has worked in many capacities including serving as Deputy Chief for both the Fire Administrative Services Bureau.

Williams was born and raised in Orlando, grew up in the Washington Shores and Richmond Heights neighborhoods and graduated from Jones High School.

The Change of Command ceremony was held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.





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