2020 Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participants Selected

Chantilly, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced the participants accepted into the eighth year of the prestigious Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).

FSEDI is a yearlong leadership-development program developed by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. The members of the cohort will meet in March 2020 for their first session in addition to two other sessions four to six months apart in 2020. They will also be attending Fire-Rescue International (FRI), August 19-21, in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the program.

The group will communicate and share ideas between and continue their learning process using an online forum.

"The Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the training and development of emerging leaders in fire and emergency service to ensure they have the tools needed to best serve the community," said Monica Mueller, executive director Motorola Solutions Foundation.”

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership-development program developed by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures.  The members of the cohort will meet in March 2020 for their first session in addition to two other sessions 4-6 months apart in 2020. They will also be attending FRI in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the program.

Those accepted into the program are:

  • Augustin, Chad – Deputy Chief, Sacramento FD (CA)
  • Burress, Colin – First Deputy, Memphis FD (TN)
  • Enoch, Ray – Deputy Chief, Carrboro FD (NC)
  • Griffin, Herbert – Asst. Chief, Houston FD (TX)
  • Hall, Justin – Deputy Chief, Sand Springs FD (OK)
  • Heard, Guillermo - Deputy Chief, Laredo FD (TX)
  • Jenkins, Jason – Asst, Chief, Fairfax FD (VA)
  • John, Mark – Chief, Olympia FD (WA)
  • Johnston, Abbey, Asst. Chief, Bedford Co. FR (VA)
  • Letcher, James - Asst. Chief, Kansas City FD (KS)
  • McCurdy, Hallie – Deputy Chief, West Pierce (WA)
  • Mooney, Richard – Asst. Chief, Apache Junc. FD (AZ)
  • Newport, Martha – Deputy Chief, St. Lucie FD (FL)
  • Pilgrim, Riley – Asst. Chief, Unified Fire A (UT)
  • Rodriguez, Diosbani -Div. Chief, Miami-Dade FR (FL)
  • Swisher, Ronald – Deputy Chief, Rochester FD (MN)
  • Vaughn, Travis – Chief, Lenexa FD (KS)
  • Welch, Alicia – Chief, Golden FD (CO)
  • Wells, Jason – Asst Chief, Lexington FD (KY)
  • Zak, Ronald – Deputy Chief, Mentor FD (OH)

"Congratulations to this year’s cohort of emerging fire and emergency service leaders," said Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The IAFC's Fire Service Executive Development Program has become the premier career- and leadership-development program in our profession thanks to the generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Many officers from the previous programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions and are effectively leading their departments.”

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI)

FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure.  After individual complete their yearlong program they remain active members of FSEDI as part of an alumni. Learn more

Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. Learn more

International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazmat response, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. Learn more

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