Battalion Chiefs Earn CFO Designation

Battalion Chiefs Earn CFO Designation
Posted on 11/01/2018

Achieving Chief Fire Officer Designation Signifies a Commitment to their Careers

Battalion Chiefs Ian Emmons and Mike Guadagno have successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer. Emmons and Guadagno are two of only 1,298 CFOs worldwide.

Photo of Mike GuadagnoThe Designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria.

Photo of Ian EmmonsAchieving this designation signifies Emmons’ and Guadagno’s commitment to their career in the fire and emergency services.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. 

Washington Township Fire department is one of only nine 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.