Richard Davis

Assistant Fire Chief
Austin Fire Department

Chief Davis is the founder of the Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) Team RED Team, the first fire department robotics program in the country. He has made an active effort to figure out how drones, as well as other unmanned robotics systems, can impact their ability to enhance firefighter safety and the effectiveness of their emergency response capabilities. The RED Team has moved from the department’s special projects section into its wildfire division.
His efforts in building the RED Team were recognized by the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association, which awarded him the Lone Star Achievement Award for establishing an innovative and progressive program that enhances a community’s fire and life safety service delivery. In addition, he was recognized as a Route Fifty Navigator Finalist in the category of “Department Leadership”.



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