Pinehurst fire chief awarded Chief Fire Officer designation

Pinehurst Fire Chief Carlton Cole has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO).

The Commission on Professional Credentialing® (CPC®) met on Oct. 3, to confer the re-designation. Cole becomes one of only 1,764 CFOs worldwide.

The designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement, and technical competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all the organization’s stringent criteria.

Achieving this designation signifies Chief Cole’s career commitment to the fire and emergency services.

“Chief doesn’t just expect professional development and technical competence growth from his firefighters, he expects it of himself,” said Village Manager Jeff Sanborn. “The Village is fortunate to have Chief Cole leading the Pinehurst Fire Department.”

This professional re-designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership, and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.

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