On the morning of March 6, 2018 former Baton Rouge Fire Chief Robin L. Hurst died at his home in St. Francisville. Chief Hurst had a very distinguished career with the fire service in Louisiana. He worked for the Baton Rouge Fire Department from 1974 until his retirement in 2002. Chief Hurst began his career as a firefighter working his way to become Fire Chief in 1996, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.
Chief Hurst chaired and belonged to many organizations throughout his tenure. He was a member of the Metropolitan Fire Chief’s Association from 1996-2002. He served as President of the Parish Fire Chief’s Association from 1996-2002. Chief Hurst was also the President of the Louisiana Fire Chief’s Association from 2001-2002. He was also a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 557 for over 44 years.
Upon his retirement in 2002, the fire service continued to tug at his heart. Chief Hurst began a second career at Ferrara Fire Apparatus as Quality Control Manager. He provided his years of expert experience to help produce and sell equipment necessary to keep firefighters safe while performing their duties.
Chief Hurst was extremely proud of the men and women he supervised in the Baton Rouge Fire Department. He coined the phrase “We fight what others FEAR” and placed that slogan on all firetrucks purchased during his tenure. He truly believed in the value of every employee of the fire department.
Chief Hurst leaves behind his loving wife Kay, daughter Shannon, son Jeremy and their children. Both Shannon and Jeremy followed their father’s footsteps into the fire service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Rest easy Chief, We will take it from here.
Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time.