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Fire Marshal

Cottar

Deputy Chief Steve Cottar serves as the Fire Marshal for the City of Conroe.  Steve began his career with the Conroe Fire Department on October 1, 1997, serving as a firefighter for 6 years.  On February 19, 2004, Steve was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he spent 12 years serving as a company officer in Operations.  On November 20, 2016, Steve was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned as Fire Marshal.

As Fire Marshal Chief Cottar oversees all fire prevention activities including public relations and education, fire and building code enforcement, fire origin and cause investigations, and arson case management.  To help manage these responsibilities, Steve supervises four Lieutenant Deputy Fire Marshals assigned to the FMO and four Deputy Fire Marshals assigned to Operations.

Steve is a graduate of McCullough High School in The Woodlands, TX.  After graduation, Steve enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy as a Damage Control Man aboard the U.S.S. Rainier (AOE-7).  Steve is certified as an EMT-Intermediate, Advanced Firefighter, Driver/Operator – Pumper, Fire Service Instructor II, and Hazardous Materials Technician.

 

Deputy Fire Marshals

Lieutenant Andy Nokes

Nokes

Lieutenant Andy Nokes began his career with the CFD on October 12, 1987, serving as a firefighter for approximately 22 years.  He was promoted to Lieutenant on June 3, 2010 and was assigned to the FMO at that time.

Andy’s primary area of focus is new development.  Specific responsibilities include attendance at pre-development meetings, plan review, new construction inspections, fire origin and cause investigations, and the LED sign and fire safety trailers.

Andy is a 1999 graduate of Houston Community College and holds and Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology.  Andy is also certified as a Texas Peace Officer, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Master Firefighter, Master Arson Investigator, Driver/Operator, Fire Inspector, Fire Service Instructor III, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF), and Hazardous Materials Technician.

 

Lieutenant Carey West (Not Pictured)

Lieutenant Carey West began his career with the CFD on September 5, 2002, serving as a firefighter for approximately 9 years.  He was promoted to Engine/Operator on December 10, 2011.  Carey was promoted to Lieutenant on August 4, 2015 and was assigned to the FMO at that time.

Carey’s primary area of focus is inspections.  Specific responsibilities include high hazard and certificate of occupancy (no building permit) inspections, public relations and education, fire origin and cause investigations, and the LED sign and fire safety trailers.

Carey is a 2001 graduate of Lamar University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Carey is also certified as an Advanced Texas Peace Officer, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Master Firefighter, Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Inspector, Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Officer I, Driver/Operator, and Wildland Firefighter.

 

Lieutenant Branden Ferrell (Not Pictured)

Lieutenant Branden Ferrell began his career with the CFD on November 28, 2001, serving as a firefighter for approximately 8 years.  He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 3, 2010.  During his tenure as Lieutenant, Branden has served as an operations company officer and Deputy Fire Marshal.  He was assigned to the FMO on August 31, 2015.

Branden’s primary area of focus is investigations.  Specific responsibilities include arson and major case investigation, firefighter candidate background investigations, the FMO evidence/property room, and liaison to outside agencies.

Branden is a 2015 graduate of Lone Star College – Montgomery and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology.  Branden is also certified as an Advanced Texas Peace Officer, Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate (EMT-I), Master Firefighter, Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Inspector, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and Wildland Firefighter.

Lieutenant Jason Tucker (Not Pictured)