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Captain Guadagno is First in Ohio to Earn CTO Credential

Posted on Nov 8, 2016

Captain Michael Guadagno of the Washington Township Fire Department recently achieved dual credentialing as a Fire Officer (FO) and a Chief Training Officer (CTO), bringing the number of credentialed Washington Township officers to three.

Guadagno is the first in Ohio to hold the credential of CTO and one of only 91 worldwide. 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. The processes included an assessment of education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.

A captain for the Washington Township Fire Department since 2007, Guadagno serves as team coordinator for Ohio Homeland Security Region 3 Rescue Strike Team, an eight-county search and rescue team sponsored by Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance. He also is a hazmat specialist for Ohio Task Force 1, a State of Ohio and FEMA urban search and rescue team.

Before joining Washington Township in February 2002, he worked as a civilian firefighter, lieutenant and acting captain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fire Department from 2002 to 2007 and was a firefighter for the Governors Island Fire Department in Manhattan, New York, from 2001 to 2002. He also completed nearly seven years of active military duty in the US Navy.

Washington Township fire officers have now achieved a total of five CPSE credentials. Earlier this year, Lieutenant Joshua Augustine earned the designation of Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Scott Kujawa, who earned Fire Officer in 2015, was designated Chief Fire Officer.

Washington Township Fire department is one of only ten in Ohio to earn accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, another CPSE program. The department provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to 56,000 residents in a 31-square-mile area. The department also provides rescue services, safety education, and fire prevention, inspection and investigation services.


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