New second in command at Warner Robins fire department

Robert Wood
Robert Wood

The retirement of longtime Warner Robins Fire Chief Robert Singletary created a domino effect of promotions in the department.

After previously promoting Ross Moulton from deputy chief to chief, the City Council on Monday filled Moulton’s previous job, and more promotions will be coming behind that.

The council approved Moulton’s recommendation to promote Robert Wood from assistant chief to deputy chief, which makes Wood second in command. Now a new selection process will begin with internal candidates to fill the assistant chief job. More promotions will follow behind that, and ultimately a rookie firefighter could be hired to get the department back to the same number of personnel it had when Singletary retired Sept. 11.

Moulton said the deputy chief job was opened to internal applicants and 12 people applied. Interviews were done and after discussing it with Mayor Randy Toms, himself a former firefighter, Moulton recommended Wood for the job. Wood has more than 30 years in the department.

“He had the experience and the training,” Moulton said when asked why he chose Wood. “Basically everything you look for in a good leader. He’s just been a tremendous asset to the fire department.”