Robert Whitaker
Senior Consultant
RW Management Group, Inc.

Professional Summary

Mr. Whitaker has worked in fire, emergency medical and emergency management settings for 24 years. He currently serves as the Fire Chief/Administrator for North Shore Fire/Rescue, just outside of Milwaukee, WI. As Fire Chief/Administrator, Mr. Whitaker’s responsibilities focus on strategic direction of the organization, fiscal management, information technology and intergovernmental relations between the department and the multiple municipalities served by the organization.

Mr. Whitaker has worked in a number of roles within the fire and emergency medical/service field. He started his career as a paid-on call firefighter, moving to career firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, Operations Battalion Chief, Battalion Chief of Training and Emergency Medical Services, Deputy Chief of Administration and now, Fire Chief/Administrator. Throughout his career, he has managed programs that included transition of records management systems, professional development and training for the organization and transition of 911 PSAP and Communications/Dispatch responsibilities to a newly consolidated center.

Mr. Whitaker is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Association, the Great Lakes Fire Accreditation Managers Association, the International City/County Managers Association, serves as a member of Curriculum Committee for the Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Education Association and as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Milwaukee County Association of Fire Chiefs.

Mr. Whitaker has recently been employed by RW Management Group, Inc. to provide his expertise in public safety consolidation and accreditation. He was involved in the functional consolidation efforts needed to combine the North Shore Fire Departments and Dispatch center. The North Shore Fire Department recently completed the accreditation process of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).


Oklahoma State University - Masters of Science, Fire & Emergency Management
Southern Illinois University - Bachelor of Science, Fire Service Management

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