Chad Roberson is a long-time Chief Instructor, having served in that capacity since 2007. For most of 2019, Chad stepped up to serve in an interim capacity in the very-important and highly visible Director of Training role, leveraging his leadership skills during a time of transition and helping maintain a high-caliber training experience for all Roco students. Prior to becoming a Chief Instructor, he was an Instructor for six years, and he has served on Roco’s standby services teams since 1998.
Chad is also an Assistant Chief at the St. George Fire Protection District in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His dad was a firefighter, and Chad started working as a volunteer firefighter at age 16. Upon graduating from Louisiana State University, he was hired as a full-time firefighter. Throughout the years, Chad worked his way up to becoming Captain, District Chief, and finally Assistant Chief. Currently, he manages special operations for the District.
Chad is trained extensively in executive leadership and planning, special operations, hazardous materials management, and more. He holds a B.A. in History and an associate degree in Fire Science from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He holds a COSS (Certified Occupational Safety Specialist) certification and a CFO (Chief Fire Officer) designation. He is a National Registered EMT and is certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support.
Chad lives and works in Baton Rouge where he enjoys coaching his two sons in youth sports, and travelling with them during school breaks. He attends St. Jude Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, and he is a big fan of the LSU Tigers.