COLLEGE STATION – Thirty-five fire service leaders from four states and one international student graduated from the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) certificate program, held May 15-19, 2017, at the Center for Executive Development on the Texas A&M campus. The graduates have more than 800 years of experience in the fire service.

The Fire Service Chief Executive Officer certificate program was designed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to help municipal fire departments meet their training needs and overcome knowledge gaps, said Training Manager Robert Barron with the Emergency Services Training Institute.

The professional development program is delivered in cooperation with professors from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and is designed to sharpen leadership skills of executives within the fire service. Topics covered include the challenges of leadership, finance, ethics and strategic management and planning. Attendees also learn about creativity and innovation, managing change and transition, media relations and stress management. More than 250 fire service leaders have completed the program since its inception.

“As a veteran fire officer, I understand their unique needs, and work to build programs and courses that improve their success in managing day-to-day fire department operations,” Barron said. “FSCEO and similar programs are growing in demand as they become requirements for promotion and/or to get hired at the command level of an emergency service organization.”

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