Three Earn CFO Credentials

Three Earn CFO Credentials
Posted on 08/03/2020

Three Fire Officers Earn CFO Credentials

Three members of the fire department command staff recently achieved the designation of Chief Fire Officer, a distinction that places them in an elite group of 35 chief officers in Ohio and about 1,500 worldwide.

With six CFOs on its command staff and a total of eight credentialed staff members holding 12 credentials, the Washington Township Fire Department has more Chief Fire Officers and credentialed staff than any department in Ohio.

“These accomplishments reflect a sustained dedication to excellence and professional development. We’re exceptionally proud that our fire staff has made this investment,” said Township Administrator Jesse Lightle. The highest certification awarded by the Commission on Professional Credentialing, the CFO designation requires demonstrated excellence in seven career components: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. Applicants also create a professional development plan.

Recipients are: Deputy Chief Nick Bergman and Battalion Chiefs Josh Augustine and Darian Edwards.

Bergman has served as deputy chief since 2019 and during his 12 years with Washington Township has also been a battalion chief, lieutenant and firefighter. As deputy chief he is responsible for administrative services and risk reduction.

A 17-year member of the fire department, Augustine earned the designation of Fire Officer in 2016. He was promoted to battalion chief in 2019 after serving the department as a lieutenant and firefighter and also holds the Fire Officer designation. Previously a station captain for Colerain Township Fire Department, Edwards joined Washington Township in May 2019 following 21 years at Colerain and six years with the Newport Fire Department. He earned the CPC Fire Officer designation in 2015.

An entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.

  Bergman   Augustine    Edwards
   Nick Bergman
Deputy Chief
 Josh Augustine
Battalion Chief
   Darian Edwards
Battalion Chief