Billy is a retired Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). His FDNY career spanned over 27 years where he worked in some of the most demanding areas in New York City. He has responded and operated at a wide range of incidents and emergencies, which included fires, medical emergencies, building collapses, rail incidents, hazardous materials, and terrorist events. Mr. Hines was assigned to the original FDNY Type II Incident Management Team. His career in emergency services and emergency management has now expanded to 37 years. Since retiring from the FDNY, he is currently active in several positions.
As an independent safety and training consultant, he develops and conducts incident management and life safety operations training courses for emergency services and agency personnel nationally and internationally. He is a Senior Instructor for the National Transit Institute (NTI), an educational branch of the Federal Transit Administration which is based out of Rutgers University. He is also an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University. In this role, his responsibilities include preparation and delivery of safety, security awareness, terrorism, emergency preparedness and incident management programs delivered to transit agencies throughout the United States. Mr. Hines has recently retired from service as an Operations Reservist for FEMA where he responded to and operated at federally declared U.S. disasters/emergencies.