Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Jersey City Fire Department
Robert “Butch” Cobb served with the Jersey City, NJ, Fire Department for 34 years. During his career, he served as a firefighter and captain in some of the busiest units. After his promotion to battalion chief, the department assigned Cobb command of the 2nd Battalion. Upon his promotion to deputy chief, the department appointed him chief of operations, overseeing daily field operations. Cobb also held the positions of chief of training and citywide tour commander. After retiring from the fire service, Cobb was offered a position with ISO as national director and ISO’s key spokesperson to the nation’s fire service. He is also a past chief of the Dumont, NJ and West Milford Township, NJ, volunteer fire departments. Cobb was the recipient of the Western Fire Chiefs Association’s Presidents Award at the 2012 International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire (IAFC) Conference. Cobb was also the former hands-on training coordinator for Firehouse Magazine conferences and has authored several articles on fireground survival. He is a frequently requested speaker at industry conferences.