Chief Reginald Cooper began his career with the Marshall Fire Department on February 3, 1993. After eight years as a firefighter, Chief Cooper was promoted to Specialist in 2001. From suppression to prevention, he moved into the Fire Marshal’s Office as an Inspector/Investigator in 2004. As a Captain, Reggie attended the Police Academy in 2005 obtaining a Basic Peace Officer Certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standard and Education and was promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal. In 2007 Chief Cooper was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief/ Fire Marshal of the Marshall Fire Department.
Throughout His Career
Throughout a career with the Marshall Fire Department, Reggie has illustrated an aggressive desire to promote through the ranks of the department while taking a proactive stance on education and departmental diversity. As a Licensed Paramedic and Administrative Staff Officer, he has gained internal and external experience in Emergency Medical Services. Chief Cooper has diversified his familiarity and knowledge in all aspects of the Marshall Fire Department through Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Prevention.
Chief Cooper has remained active within the Marshall Fire Department serving positions on the hiring board, and Pension Board. Along with servicing needy citizens through Meals on Wheels, he also serves as a board member of the local Salvation Army and God’s Men, all of which are organizations providing services within the community. Born and raised in Marshall, Reggie also serves Marshall High School as a member of various committees. He is a member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators and serves as 2nd Vice President of the East Texas Arson Investigators Association. As an experienced firefighter and investigator, Chief Cooper now designates more time to the education of future firefighters through a position as an Instructor at Kilgore College’s Fire Academy.
Education & Training
Reggie strongly supports education and, throughout his career, has obtained his Associate of Applied Science Degree at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas and a Bachelors Degree in Business through Wiley College of Marshall, Texas. Continued education is achieved through an array of classes, and certifications held within the areas of EMS
, and many investigative courses. Chief Cooper has a Master Firefighter certification and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program in Emmitsburg, Maryland.