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Dr. Reginald Freeman

Board Director


Reginald Freeman is the Chief Risk Officer for the HAI Group. He recently retired as fire chief for the Oakland (California) Fire Department. Prior to joining Oakland, he served as the fire chief/emergency management director for Hartford, Connecticut, and Fire Chief for Lockheed Martin. He also served as a civilian Fire Chief in Iraq for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2004-2008. He has worked in a number of fire service capacities in his career including Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fire Captain, Fire Service Instructor, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Chief.


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 earned his PhD in Emergency & Protective Services from Capitol Technology University located in Washington D.C. Chief Freeman is also a graduate and Fellow of Harvard University’s Senior Executives for State & Local Government (Class of 2007) program at the Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program (Class of 2019).



Chief Freeman formerly served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Professional Credentialing from 2010-2016 and as Chairman from 2016-2019. Chief Freeman is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc (CPSE). as well as a “Fellow” with the Institution of Fire Engineers.


 He is the Director of Training for the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs, serves as the Area 7 Director for the California Fire Chiefs Association and is on the  Board of Directors for National Fire Protection Association and the Center for Public Safety Excellence.


Chief Freeman is an Adjunct Professor for Anna Maria College, Capitol Technology University, and the University of Florida where he lectures in both undergraduate and graduate Fire Science and Master of Public Administration programs.


Meet the Board and Advisory Council

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