Title: Deputy Chief
Company: Monroe Fire Protection District
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Stephen Coover, the deputy chief of community risk reduction at the Monroe Fire Protection District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of community risk reduction.
Long committed to community service in all of its forms, Mr. Coover has distinguished himself through his role as a deputy fire chief with the Monroe Fire Protection District, for which he was instrumental in the creation of a community risk reduction service. In this capacity, he avails himself on behalf of local residents in an effort to rectify a wide range of social issues, including domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, mental health problems, suicide prevention, homelessness, and lack of access to transportation.
Well-regarded for his multifaceted contributions to public safety and resilience, Mr. Coover is also a hazardous materials specialist with Indiana Task Force I. In addition, he has also been active as a contract instructor with the United States Fire Administration, as well as an adjunct faculty instructor for Ivy Tech Community College. Previously, he worked as a teacher at the Monroe County School District in Indiana between 2008 and 2012.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Coover is particularly proud to have availed himself in the field of community safety on an international level. Through his work with Indiana Task Force I, he took advantage of a partnership with the Israeli Defense Force to train as a population behavior officer. It was in this role that he learned the best practices in readiness drills, community recovery, and general disaster management. Mr. Coover also served as an educator for community response teams in Japan, aided in the creation of the Emergency Community Health Outreach program for the state of Minnesota, and established a fire science program for high school students on behalf of the Bloomington Fire Department, among other accomplishments to his credit.
Mr. Coover’s interest in firefighting stems back to his early youth. After studying at Indiana University Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and safety studies in 1993, he undertook executive fire officer coursework at the United States Fire Administration from 2010 to 2012. Among his subsequent career accomplishments, he is immensely proud to have established the community risk reduction service at the Monroe Fire Protection District. Looking forward, Mr. Coover aspires to establish a safe haven for domestic violence victims at all fire stations in the district, and to greatly enhance accessibility to mental health resources for everyone in the community.
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