Our Team

Robert M. Buhs

Managing Member

Professional Experience

Bob has been actively involved in the fire service for more than 45 years. Bob began his full-time career as a firefighter with the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) in 1977 and worked his way through the ranks, serving 13 years as a Chief Officer. During his tenure as a Chief Officer, Bob helped to guide the OFPD through many successful projects and programs that have been recognized at both the state and national levels of government. After 27 years of full-time service, Bob retired as the Chief/Administrator of the OFPD. Post-retirement, Bob was appointed as the Executive Director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, a position he held for 10 years.

Bob is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Public Risk Fund, having served in this position since 2014. As Executive Director, Bob is responsible for providing oversight to the Fund’s day-to-day operations. The Illinois Public Risk Fund is the largest self-insured risk pool in Illinois and serves over 700 members.

Bob has served as an adjunct instructor for Lewis University, Northwestern University, and at workshops and seminars dealing with fire department management, accreditation, incident management, and strategic planning.

Bob has also worked as a consultant for numerous firms conducting fire department service level assessments which include staffing, station location, and deployment studies.

Education and Training

Bob earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from the Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Governors State University. Bob has obtained numerous State of Illinois certifications including Chief Fire Officer Designee.

Committees and Professional Organizations

Bob is active in numerous local and national organizations and associations.

Published Work

Bob is the author of “Minimizing Instructor Liability” and “What Color Is Your Aerial Ladder.”