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Officers Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute for 2014 Session

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced the cadre of students accepted into the 2014 session of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).

Now in its second year, the FSEDI 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.

Those accepted into the program are:

  • Deputy Chief Michael Allora, Clifton (N.J.) Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Benjamin Barksdale, Prince Georges County (Md.) Fire & EMS
  • Assistant Chief Brian Fennessy, San Diego (Calif.) Fire & Rescue
  • Assistant Chief Fernando Gray, Dallas (Texas) Fire & Rescue
  • Battalion Chief Brian Giachino, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Fire Department
  • Division Chief Nicholas Hempel, Racine (Wis.) Fire Department
  • Chief Bernard Kanger, Omaha (Neb.) Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Mitchell Mauer, Kansas City (Mo.) Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Brandon Mitchell, Jackson County (Ore.) Fire Department #3
  • Assistant Chief Raymond Mosack, Alhambra (Calif.) Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief Lance McClintock, Prince William County (Va.)
  • Deputy Chief Christopher Norris, Northampton (Mass.) Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief Bernard Paternaude, Cranston (R.I.) Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Anthony Pike, Orleans (Mass.) Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief Joy Ponder, Asheville (N.C.) Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief JoAnne Rice, Gainesville (Fla.) Fire & Rescue
  • Chief Kevin Royse, Junction City (Kan.) Fire Department
  • Division Chief Nate Takara, Portland (Ore.) Fire & Rescue
  • Assistant Chief David White, Culver City (Calif.) Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief David Whiting, Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire
  • Division Chief Susanna Schmitt Williams, Jacksonville (N.C.) Fire & EMS
  • Assistant Chief Edwin Wolverton, Shreveport (La.) Fire Department

"Each of these officers has demonstrated leadership qualities necessary to move the fire service forward today and into the future," said Chief Bill Metcalf, IAFC president and chairman of the board. "The IAFC is proud to help enhance their leadership abilities and provide what they need for advancement and successful careers through the Fire Service Executive Development Institute."

The FSEDI is made possible through a grant by the Motorola Solutions Foundation's Public Safety and Security Institute.

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