Chief Coughlin has served as Fire Chief since February 2012. Chief Coughlin joined the Midland department in 2002 as a Fire Inspector and was appointed Fire Marshal in 2006. He is a State of Michigan-licensed Fire Inspector I, holds State certifications as a Fire Fighter I and II and Fire Officers I, II, and III, and is certified as a fire instructor. Coughlin has completed extensive coursework in fire investigation and is a plans examiner.
He also is a Michigan State Police unified incident command instructor, an aircraft firefighting / rescue instructor, and a Michigan Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Prior to coming to Midland, Coughlin was the Fire Chief of Cherry Capital Airport and served on the Shepherd Tri Township Fire Department.