Firefighters Receive Designations

Two Firefighters Receive Prestigious Designations
Posted on 05/02/2021

Two members of the fire department command staff recently received designations that place them in an elite, worldwide group. Battalion Fire Chief Joel Holbrook received the Chief Fire Officer designation and Lieutenant Tony Carusone received the Fire Officer designation.

“The Fire Officer credentialing process presses you to remember all of those small details in your training that you might not think about on a daily basis because, over the years, they’ve become habit. It’s an excellent professional opportunity for self-reflection; to look at where you’re at and where you can improve,” says Lieutenant Carusone. “I’m humbled by this designation. I’ve been with the Washington Township Fire Department for 27 years and I can’t imagine a better community or department to work with,” says Carusone.

The Washington Township Fire Department has more credentialed staff than any department in Ohio. The designation program is voluntary and 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 former Fire Chief of the Village of Carlisle and an almost 20-year veteran of the Washington Township Fire Department, Battalion Fire Chief Joel Holbrook says that pursuing the Chief Fire Officer designation is one way he tries to lead by example. ““The Township has always been incredibly supportive with training and professional development opportunities. It’s too easy to say, ‘I’m at the end of my career, I don’t need to do that’, but it’s never too late to better yourself. Once you decide you don’t want to improve yourself, it’s probably time to hang up your hat,” says Battalion Chief Holbrook.

The designation programs use a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates who are seeking the various credentials. This means that fire personnel throughout the nation evaluate each other based on the organization’s stringent criteria.

“We are incredibly proud of Battalion Chief Holbrook and Lieutenant Carusone. This dedication to excellence and professional development is a reflection of the department’s commitment to its staff and to providing excellent service to our community,” says Township Administrator Jesse Lightle.

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.