Donald Cooper


Dr. Cooper is the author and editor of several emergency service textbooks and has served as a principle and contributing researcher for search-related projects sponsored by the U.S. National Search and Rescue Committee. Dr. Cooper also developed the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) program for the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) that led to, in 2002, him being awarded NASAR’s most prestigious recognition—the Hal Foss Award—for both national and international contributions to the field of search and rescue. In 2012, he was also awarded the Ohio Fire Service Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the American Fire Service in the State of Ohio.

Dr. Cooper has been a paramedic since 1979 and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from the University of Akron in Northeast Ohio and, in 2003, an MBA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a long serving member (MIFireE) of the U.S. Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers; in 2007 he earned a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) credential from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE); in 2014 he completed a Fellowship in Family Medicine Research at the Northeast Ohio Medical University; and, in 2019 he earned a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential.