COLLEGE STATION – Robert Moore, Division Director for the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute, will receive the prestigious Regents Fellow Service Award. The annual award is the highest honor given by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and recognizes employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas.
Moore was nominated for his leadership, dedication and commitment to training professional and volunteer firefighters in both municipal and industrial response so our cities, our state and our nation are better prepared to respond to any emergency.
Drawing on 38 years of experience and a down-to-earth approach to problem-solving and relationship-building, Moore has created cooperative endeavors to enhance the safety of Texas citizens and expanded fire and emergency services training opportunities across the state. He implemented a regional concept for extension fire services training, stationing a coordinator in each of eight regions to provide timely and professional training that meets the needs of local responders.
“I cannot think of someone who better represents The Texas A&M University System’s commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens,” said Gary Sera, Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). “Robert has demonstrated a consistent dedication to public service not only for his local community but the citizens of Texas as well. Robert’s leadership has had a profound impact on TEEX’s ability to serve the state and citizens of Texas and beyond.”
During his tenure, the Brayton Fire Field has expanded to almost 300 acres, and he has developed a five-year expansion plan. Earlier this year, Phillips 66 committed $500,000 to support future expansion and to enhance training of first responders who protect critical infrastructure.
Moore’s sphere of influence extends beyond the thousands of students at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station and even beyond Texas. His leadership extends to training offered nationwide through the Homeland Security Cooperative Training Agreement, at 10 Cooperative Learning Centers across the globe, and at Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College in Qatar.
Moore joined TEEX in 1996 after serving as Fire Chief for Arco Chemical Co. and assistant fire chief and paramedic for the Channelview Volunteer Fire Department. He has served on numerous state and national boards including the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the International Fire Service Training Association.
Moore received an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Blinn College, and completed his Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic certificate Lee College. He holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and more than 20 ProBoard certifications. He is a graduate of the TEEX Leadership Development Program and a recipient of the TEEX Distinguished Service Award.