Fire chief accepted to national program

Greenville – Greenville Fire Chief Doug Caison has been accepted to the 2010 class of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

Caison will attend the program at the Department of Homeland Security - FEMA National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland from April 26, through May 7, 2010.

The EFOP is designed for current and emerging executive-level leaders in fire and emergency service organizations. The selection criteria are divided between two requirement areas: Service Requirement and Academic Requirement.

Service Requirements include being the chief of a department or head of a major bureau or division within a fire department.

Applicants for the EFOP must have attained a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Caison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Emergency Service Administration from Colorado State University.

The four-year Executive Fire Officer Program is the United States Fire Administrations premier executive education program with a limited number of participants each year. Candidates attend courses on campus each year for two weeks and complete an applied research project each year. Candidates must attend all four years and complete the applied research projects in order to graduate from the program.

Caison said, "I am honored to be chosen for the program. The National Fire Academy's
Executive Fire Officer Program is the most respected training and educational opportunity a senior fire officer can receive."