Fire Chief Mark A. English was appointed Fire Chief on July 26, 2011 by the Cedar Rapids City Council.
Chief English has served Cedar Rapids for over 30 years working his way through the ranks from Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Chief Training Officer, Special Operations/Hazardous Materials/Technical Rescue Chief, Battalion Chief/Shift Commander, Chief of Operations and Assistant Fire Chief.
Chief English was a Fire Department representative to the Emergency Operations Center during the Flood of 2008 while serving as a Shift Commander. The Chief has been the Vice-Chair of the Linn County Emergency Management Commission for several years.
Chief English was the first Task Force Leader of the Cedar Rapids division of the State Rescue Team and Weapons of Mass Destruction Team. He has led flood recovery efforts for the Fire Department and was the Project Manager for the Central Fire Station and Fire Station #3 projects.
Chief English graduated with honors from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (with an emphasis in Fire Science).
Mark A. English
Cedar Rapids Fire Department
713 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401