Executive Fire Officer Internship Report

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In year five my goal is to begin the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program with the NFA and the Executive Fire Officer certification through Center for Professional Service Excellence (CPSE). The EFO program from NFA is a four-year process which requires me to attend a class on the NFA campus and complete and applied research project after completing each of the four classes. This program with give me a broader perspective about different aspects of fire and emergency services. This is becoming a requirement for senior chief officer position so this will ensure I am qualified to apply when the time and opportunity presents itself. The CPSE accreditation is a shorter process which I will complete within a year or less. This application process …show more content…
I love shift work and being at the station with a crew. Moving to higher ranking positions provides numerous opportunities and challenges which will be exciting to accomplish but it can be lonely once you leave shift work. The crew becomes and extended family and a support system when needed. Promoting to any chief level job requires you to work more independently, without a crew. At the same time facing new challenges and accomplish goals provides you with a sense of pride and confidence. You will experience interpersonal growth from the challenges you face in these positions.
Meeting the goals that I have set for myself will not be an easy. It will take a great amount of focus, energy, discipline and drive. Reaching goals also takes some skills which will help keep me on track or get me back on track if I venture of course. The most important skill to have is resilience. Having the ability to cope, adapt, and overcome obstacles and set-backs is crucial for success. I need to remember that understanding challenges and failure provide opportunity to develop interpersonal
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Being a fire chief also requires commitment to the department, community and family. A fire chief must also have intellectual energy and ability to analysis concepts and problems. Not all problems have technical fixes and if so the fire chief needs to lead the department through adaptive change which test a fire chief’s ability to lead. Adaptive change requires experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization (Heifetz & Linsky, 2002, p.

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