l Shift 1 - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Shift 1


Battalion Supervisor Captain Warren Cooler

Warren “Chip” Cooler was born in Beaufort, South Carolina in May of 1977 he was raised on Saint Helena Island and attended Beaufort High School. While attending high school Chip started working for his brother-in-law at his custom automotive shop which sparked an interest in Chip for car upholstery work. Throughout the years this spark has brought him many opportunities such as being featured in different custom car magazines.

Chip has always had a love for custom cars and to this day that love is still there. On his off days from the fire department Chip has owned his own business for eighteen years doing upholstery work on cars, boats, and motorcycles.

Chip began volunteering with the City of Beaufort in 2000. While participating in volunteer program he began working on his firefighting certifications and in May of 2002 Chip was hired as a full time career firefighter. In June of 2012 Chip was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for Shift 3 and in February of 2016 Chip was promoted to Captain for Shift 1. During his 14 years with the city Chip has obtained his Emergency Medical Technician certification (EMT-B) and from 2010 to 2012 was the department’s volunteer coordinator. He has also taken on the responsibility of issuing and inventorying all daily uniforms and fire gear for hired and volunteer firefighters at the department. In 2011 Chip earned a certification through Globe International to inspect and repair protective fire gear; this makes him responsible for inspecting and repairing all fire and safety gear for his department. This certification has made it possible for him to repair gear for all fire departments in northern Beaufort County. 

Lieutenant Cooler has been honored with several awards. In 2005 he received two Outstanding Citizenship awards by The Congressional Fire Service Institute.  In 2006 he received three awards to include a Certificate of Dedication and Valor in the Line of Duty, an Outstanding Service to the Citizens of Beaufort County, and an Outstanding Citizenship award, all by The Congressional Fire Service Institute.  Chip was featured in CARE magazine in 2006 for outstanding citizenship. In 2010 Chip received the Fire Fighter of the Year award given by The City of Beaufort Fire Department. In 2013 and 2015 he was awarded with, Life Saving Medals by The City of Beaufort Fire Department.

Chip meet and began dating his wife Bonnie while in high school and the two were married in 2000 and have a daughter, Emma Jean.


Station Supervisor Lieutenant Peter Singleton

Peter Singleton a native of Beaufort graduated from Beaufort High School in 1983. While growing up, he became interested in becoming a firefighter while watching his uncles volunteer at the local Pioneer fire station and from watching the television show Emergency! In 1987 he began volunteering with the City of Beaufort Fire Department. In 1998, he became a full-time employee for the City of Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department and over the years has progressed through the ranks from recruit to his current position of Lieutenant which he earned in May of 2014. He currently acts as a station supervisor at the Port Royal fire station.

During Lieutenant Singleton’s career he has received multiple awards: Rookie of the Year (1988), Beaufort Memorial Hospital Employee of the Year (2001), Career Achievement Award (2006), Congressional Fire Service Award for Dedication to the Citizens of Beaufort County (2006), Low Country Medical EMT of the Year (2008) and a Life Saving Medal (June 2012).

Lieutenant Singleton has attended multiple fire department related classes and earned many certifications such as: IFSAC Fire Instructor, Health and Safety Officer, Leadership and other management courses. He has also attended classes through University of South Carolina-Beaufort and currently pursuing a degree in Fire Administration through Columbia Southern University.

Lieutenant Singleton is married to Anita Lynn Singleton. They are the proud parents of two girls and four boys. His hobbies include watching old movies, classic cartoons, and amusement parks.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. 


Station Supervisor Lieutenant Matthew Bowsher









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FFIII David Evans

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