William Austin, DABCHS, CFO, CHS-V, MIFire

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Adjunct Faculty

Fire Science and Emergency Management Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
About William

William H. Austin, DABCHS, CFO, CHS-V, MIFire, currently teaches in the Emergency Management Master’s Degree Program at the University of New 51 in Connecticut (2016-present). He formed his own consulting firm, The Austin Group LLC in 2011. He also served as the Capitol Region Council of Governments (Connecticut) Homeland Security Coordinator from (2011-2014). He served as fire chief of West Hartford, CT (1996-2011) and as the fire chief of Tampa, FL (1985-1995). He holds a master’s degree in Security Studies (Defense and Homeland Security) from the United States Naval Postgraduate School (2006) and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University (1993). He is a member of the Preparedness Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. and has served on various governing councils both in Florida and Connecticut.

Courses Taught
  • EMGT 6610 (Disaster Response Operations and Management)
  • EMGT 6628 (Emergency Incident Management)

In the Media

In the Media

William Austin, an adjunct faculty member of fire science and emergency management, wrote an article examining the failure at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde using Bazerman and Watkin’s six critical elements of a disaster.