Deputy Chief of Administration

William “Billy” Altman started as a volunteer with the Roanoke Life Saving Crew in 1980, and in the late 1980’s he volunteered with the Moneta Rescue Squad, and later in the mid 2000’s spent time volunteering with the Stewartsville Rescue Squad. Billy was hired August 1, 1985, as a Paramedic with Roanoke City EMS and was promoted to EMS Supervisor on November 1, 1988, then became Captain of EMS Operations in 1996 with the merger of the EMS and Fire Departments. On July 22, 2003, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and shortly thereafter became acting Assistant Chief from 2005 until his promotion to Deputy Chief on May 17, 2007.

Deputy Chief Altman has served on many local advisory boards and committees and served 6 years on the Commonwealth’s of Virginia’s Financial Assistance Review Committee for the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. He currently service on the Virginia Office of EMS Transportation Committee. In 2010 Deputy Chief Altman was awarded the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Award of Excellence in EMS. Deputy Chief Altman is married to his wife of 37 years Dona, has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Please join us in welcoming Deputy Chief Altman to Bedford County as the Deputy Chief of Administration. In the coming weeks he will be taking the opportunity to acclimate himself to what we call the “Bedford way”. As many of you may know that Chief Altman comes to us after a short period of retirement with 36 years of experience from Roanoke Fire & EMS. We are grateful to have him onboard, and he will be an asset to the Fire & EMS services in Bedford County through his professionalism, knowledge, skills and abilities to which will enhance the quality of services we aim to provide the citizens and visitors of Bedford County.