Assistant Fire Chief of Training, Education and Safety
Assistant Chief Billy Cockman serves as the Fort Myers Beach Fire Departments Chief of Training, Education, and Safety.
Chief Cockman has served in the Emergency Medical Services since 1988 and has been in the Fire and Emergency Medical Service since 1997. Chief Cockman started his career in 1988 in the military as a Navy Corpsman, and in 1997, he began his Fire and EMS adventure with the City of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD). Over the course of his career, Chief Cockman worked his way through the ranks within the JFRD, and as a Captain, was on the team who managed the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Training Academy; as well as holds a strong partnership with Florida State College.
Chief Cockman holds a Masters of Business Administration in Project Management, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration and an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services. In addition, Chief Cockman is currently furthering his education at Waldorf University, earning a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Chief Cockman is also currently a student in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
Along with various advanced certifications in the fields of fire, paramedicine, and rescue, Chief Cockman is an experienced instructor, safety officer, and had the honor of being on the Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 5 team since its inception.
Chief Cockman is passionate about both hands-on training initiatives and organizational training program management. He operates within a “safety-first” motto in delivering service to both the FMBFD Team, as well as the customers we serve. Chief Cockman has two beautiful daughters, Kaylee and Alexa, and has been married to his wife Lisa for almost 17 years.