Editor's Opinion

Bobby Halton
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Editor’s Opinion 

By: Bobby Halton 

Editor’s Opinion is an homage to Bobby Halton, Editor in Memoriam of Fire Engineering Magazine. 

Over his 18 years as Editor-in-Chief, Halton contributed a number of pieces on critical topics to the fire service in his monthly "Editor’s Opinion” column – all of which are now gathered in this book. 

Take a look at Halton’s unique perspective on everything from social media, to the importance of spending time together as a company, and the importance of educating not only the men and women in the fire service, but also our communities and the next generation of firefighters.  

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network in Chief Bobby Halton's name.


“Bobby Halton represented the core essence of the fire service...He wove his editorials into philosophical motivators for readers, encouraging them to think and act.”

-Glenn Corbett, Technical Editor, Fire Engineering

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  • 5
    Editor's Opinion book review

    Posted by Brian Arnett on Oct 19th 2023

    Love the book, you can feel the passion & inspiration come off the pages. Even in the opinions that challenge my way of thinking or the run counter to mine there's a undeniable impact in Chief Halton's word

  • 5
    Bobby Halton book

    Posted by John M. Buckman III on May 15th 2023

    Bobby Halton was a long time friend. I knew Bobby through our involvement in the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Bobby matured as a leader and really began to blossom as an influencer in the fire service. I told Bobby he was like a “rock star” when he walked into a room. Everyone wanted to shake his hand, have their photo taken with him and talk with him for whatever time he would allow. I was privileged to take the photograph that he used as his editorial photograph and now is on the cover of the book. He also used a photo of him in a somber pose on the main stage at FDIC. He always had a smile to give to others. The editorials he wrote are compelling, emotional and thought provoking. The editorials can also produce an emotional response from the reader. That response could be either positive or negative. If you disagreed with his editorial comments he would listen to your reasoning and engage you in debate. He pushed the fire service to look at many of our past practices to make sure those practices were still appropriate today. He is one of about a dozen fire service leaders who created a paradigm shift in our way of thinking and our actions. He was a reader of all kinds of books relating to world history, politics, funny books and serious issues. I believe the “Editor’s Opinion” should be required reading for all recruits joining the fire service.