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Blinn alumnus named presiding officer of Texas Commission on Fire Protection

Robert Moore appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to oversee firefighter safety

September 17, 2015

Robert MooreA Blinn College alumnus has been appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to lead one of the state’s top safety agencies.
Robert Moore, a 2002 graduate of Blinn’s Fire Science Program and director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI), has been named presiding officer of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), which oversees and regulates all fire departments and firefighting standards in Texas.

Moore is a 44-year fire service veteran. He began his career at Houston-based Arco Chemical while serving at the Channelview Volunteer Fire Department. In 1996, he moved to Bryan-College Station to teach industrial firefighting at TEEX. Craving career advancement and additional training, Moore enrolled at Blinn College in 2002.

“Blinn has a high-quality fire science program,” Moore said. “It was a natural fit for me—it went hand-in-hand with my experience at TEEX.”

Blinn’s Fire Science Program was developed as a response to local and national needs for an advanced degree in the field of fire protection and life safety. Through its unique partnership with TEEX, Blinn offers a traditional 12-week fire academy, as well as an online academy in which course work is performed online and skills are developed during three weeks of intensive hands-on training at Brayton Fire Training Field.

The partnership between Blinn and TEEX allows Blinn fire science students to receive 12 weeks of practical training with firefighter props, equipment and apparatus in addition to the usual classroom instruction in fire protection, life safety and program management.

“You won’t find a fire school like this anywhere else,” said Nathan Sivils, program director.
Moore said he was an “aged” student in the program, enrolling at 47.

“The most memorable thing for me was talking with the younger students and having them ask how I was making A’s,” Moore said. “I said, ‘I open my book at home.’ You had to put forth an effort outside of the classroom. If I hadn’t gotten that degree, I wouldn’t be director at TEEX today.”

At TEEX’s ESTI, home to some of the world’s top emergency response training facilities, Moore ensures that all courses satisfy requirements and standards set by the state. For the past two years, Moore served as a TCFP commissioner. As presiding officer of the 13-member board, Moore will set policies and work with the state fire service to ensure the safety of all firefighters. His term expires in 2021.

“It’s a great honor to be named the presiding officer of the division and it’s an honor to be director of the Emergency Services Training Institute at TEEX,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t have gotten where I am without my attendance at Blinn.”
For more information about Blinn’s Fire Science Program, visit: www.blinn.edu/twe/fire/.

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AUDIO – Robert Moore, Blinn alumnus and presiding officer of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection