The U.S. Forest Service has selected Robert Baird as the next Fire Director for the agency’s Pacific Southwest Region, Region 5, which is comprised of California and Hawaii. Mr. Baird’s experience in the USFS began in November, 2011 shortly after he left the U.S. Marine Corp after serving there for 25 years. At that time he was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Forest Service.
In 2014 Mr. Baird was chosen to be the Forest Supervisor of the Los Padres National Forest in southern California.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Bob Baird as our Regional Director for Fire and Aviation Management,” said Randy Moore, regional forester. “Bob has demonstrated expertise in managing large, complex organizations and he has developed innovative strategies to build partnerships and coalitions. Bob’s leadership background and experience are a perfect fit for this key position. We look forward to a challenging, but successful fire season with Bob at the helm.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of this opportunity,” said Mr. Baird. “I’ve had the great pleasure of serving both at the forest level and at the Washington office level, and this regional position will tie those experiences together.
Mr. Baird is expected to report May 15.