The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy announced that Fire Marshal Michael W. Winters of Payson successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program.
"The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration," said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. "This program provides fire service officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today's challenging environment."
Each of the four courses required a written Applied Research Project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student's own organization. Each of these projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent upon achieving each of these milestones.
"It is important that these senior fire executives apply what they have learned in the classroom to existing situations in their own communities," Paulison said. "This makes completion of the EFOP and the Applied Research Projects particularly valuable to these fire service leaders."
Six months after completion of each of the courses, the EFOP participants were required to complete a project in their own organizations.
For the third year, participants completed Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management course. This course is a very critical curriculum in today's incident response environment. The administration of incident response in light of the Federal Response Plan, the Integrated Emergency Management System, emergency operations center functions, planning, documentation, are some of the topics covered.
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