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Fire Officers Earn Credentials

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Two officers with the Washington Township Fire Department have earned new professional credentials. Lieutenant Joshua Augustine has successfully completed the process to earn the designation of Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Scott Kujawa has been designated Chief Fire Officer.

Both credentials were conferred by the Commission on Professional Credentialing, a program of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) which consists of members from academia, federal and local government, and fire and emergency medical services.

As deputy chief, Kujawa is second in command at the Washington Township Fire Department and responsible for operations, including fire and emergency medical response, disaster planning, and supervision of department captains. A 24-year veteran of the department, he served eight years as administrative captain and shift commander and oversaw the department’s accreditation process for five. The fire department is one of only ten in Ohio to earn accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, another CPSE program. Kujawa holds an associate degree in Fire Science and a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.

The Chief Fire Officer designation assesses the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. Kujawa is the first Washington Township firefighter to earn the designation and previously was the first to earn the designation of Fire Officer.

Augustine, who is now the department’s second Fire Officer, fulfilled seven components to earn the designation, including professional development, professional contributions, and 12 technical competencies in areas such as human resources management, administration, health and safety, training and development, investigations, EMS and emergency communications.

Augustine has served since 2014 as a lieutenant and shift training officer and received the 2014 Employee Award of Excellence. Prior to that, he served seven years as a full-time firefighter/paramedic and four years in a part-time capacity. He also has worked part time for the West Carrollton Fire Department. Augustine holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from Wright State University.

The Washington Township Fire Department provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to 56,000 residents in a 31-square-mile area. The department also provides fire prevention, inspection and investigation services, safety education and rescue services.

 

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