Cooley appointed assistant fire chief
The Board of Public Safety has approved the appointment of Bruce C. Cooley, a 28-year veteran of the Fire Department, as its new assistant chief, Mayor Scott Avedisian announced today. He fills the position formerly held by Edmund Armstrong, who was recently appointed chief of the department.

“Bruce is well-respected by the members of the department and others in emergency services throughout the state,” Avedisian said. “I have every confidence that he and Chief Armstrong will further move the department forward, ensuring that it remains one of the best-trained departments in Rhode Island.”

“I am happy to have Chief Cooley as the Assistant Chief,” Armstrong said. “He is a great asset to the Warwick Fire Department. We share the same vision for this department in continuing to provide the citizens of Warwick with a high level of service and commitment to their safety.”

Prior to joining Warwick Fire, Cooley spent seven years as a volunteer firefighter for the Town of East Greenwich and then served five years working as an emergency apparatus mechanical technician for a company in North Smithfield.

Cooley began his career with the city in 1983 and spent a decade as a firefighter and on the rescue team. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, where he was instrumental in getting a new marine boat into service and improved the department’s fire pump training program. From 2003 to 2005, he served as captain of the division of training and safety, where his accomplishments included a redesign of the department’s recruitment training program to improve instructors’ scheduling, training and organization for the largest recruit class.

Subsequent to that, Cooley spent four years as captain of an engine company, and was named a battalion chief in 2009. In that role, he has been responsible for the day-to-day command of a 48-member platoon and successfully reorganized record keeping for SCBA equipment and helped to revamp SCBA equipment and training procedures.

A graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island and a member of several professional committees, Cooley also holds numerous certifications and has completed roughly two dozen training courses on emergency and incident response.

A recipient of the department’s 1988 unit citation for water rescue on the waters of Greenwich Bay, Cooley earned the department’s citation for Meritorious Performance of Duties in 1985 and in 2010 received a unit citation for the response to a fatal fire in the Buttonwoods neighborhood.

Cooley is currently the treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Kent HeartSafe Foundation, an organization he joined in 2006.

A Warwick resident, he is married to NettieRose Cooley.