2021 Fire Service Executive Development Institute Participants Selected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The International Association of Fire Chiefs [www.iafc.org] (IAFC) announced the names of the individuals who have been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). This is the ninth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. 

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 virtually until in-person sessions can be scheduled. They will also be attending Fire-Rescue International Conference as part of the program. The group will communicate, share information between sessions, and continue their learning process using an on-line community on the IAFC website.

The FSEDI program is considered one of the premier training programs to prepare individuals to be successful chiefs and develop the next generation of national/international fire service leaders. 

Those accepted into the 2021 program are:

  • Assistant Chief Christopher Biggerstaff, Plano (TX) Fire & Rescue
  •  Assistant Chief Dominic Burchett, Unified Fire Authority (UT) Fire Dept.
  • Deputy Chief Kevan Crawley, Indianapolis (IN) Fire Dept.
  • Deputy Chief Dina Dalessio, Las Vegas (NV) Fire & Rescue
  • Deputy Chief Carrie Edwards-Clemons, City of Flint (MI) Fire Dept.
  • Battalion Chief David Engler, Lincoln (NE) Fire & Rescue
  • Deputy Chief Andrew Estrada, San Antonio (TX) Fire Dept.
  • Acting Chief Sam Gulisano, Chesapeake (VA) Fire Dept.
  • Chief Alexander Hamilton, Oxnard (CA) Fire Dept.
  • Chief John Judge, Scranton (PA) Fire Dept.
  • Chief Jeremy Lami, Mobile (AL) Fire & Rescue
  • Assistant Chief Valerie Leitschuh, Fort Myers (FL) Fire Dept.
  • Assistant Chief Ernest Lindqvist, Prince George’s County (MD) Fire-EMS Dept.
  • Acting Chief Aaron Lipski, Milwaukee (WI) Fire Dept.
  • Chief Jay Mebane, Burlington (NC) Fire Dept.
  • Division Chief Shirese Moore, Winston-Salem (NC) Fire & Rescue
  • Chief Randy Royal, Colorado Springs (CO) Fire Dept.
  • Chief Salvatore Scarpa, Columbus (GA) Fire & EMS
  • Assistant Chief Jason Shaw, Winnipeg (Canada) Fire & Paramedic Service
  • Division Chief Shane Sherwood, Orange County (CA) Fire Authority
  • Chief Hezedean Smith, Charlottesville (VA) Fire Dept.
  • Interim Chief Jason Smith, Las Cruces (NM) Fire Dept.
  • Interim Fire Chief Barbara Tripp, Tampa (FL) Fire & Rescue
  • Deputy Chief John Tulier, Hartford (CT) Fire Dept.

This is the ninth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program.

About FSEDI
The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (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 individuals complete their yearlong program they remain active members of FSEDI as part of an alumni.

About the 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, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation.  Since 1973, 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.

About 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. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/

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