Fire Chief - Emergency Management Director
Hartford Fire Department
Reginald D. Freeman serves as the 37th Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director for the City of Hartford in Hartford, CT. Prior to the City of Hartford, Chief Freeman served as Fire Chief for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Ft. Worth, TX where he provided international guidance and direction to the Italian and Japanese governments through the Ministry of Defence by providing training to each nation’s Air Force Fire Department personnel, respectively as it pertains to the F-35.
Chief Freeman also served in Iraq as a civilian Fire Chief for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2004 to 2008, providing all hazards fire and emergency services to forward and continuing operating bases throughout Iraq. His last assignment was as the Chief of Compliance, Safety, & Planning where he helped managed more than 700 firefighters.
Chief Freeman’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. He earned his Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and he is currently a Doctoral candidate studying Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development. Chief Freeman is also a graduate and Fellow of Harvard University’s Senior Executives for State & Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, Chief Freeman serves as the Chair for the Commission on Professional Credentialing via the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. and is also the Director of Training for the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for NFPA. Lastly, Chief Freeman is a credentialed “Fellow” with the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch.
Chief Freeman is an Adjunct Professor for Anna Maria College, University of Florida and Franklin University where he lectures in both undergraduate and graduate Fire Science and Master of Public Administration programs.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET