2024 Fire Service Executive Development Institute participants announced

January 23, 2024

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has announced the selection of participants for the 2024 Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).

This marks the 12th consecutive year that the program, sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, will be conducted.

Program goals and structure

The FSEDI is a year-long leadership development program tailored for new and aspiring fire chiefs.

Its objective is to equip them with essential skills for successful and productive leadership tenures.

The program includes three in-person meetings throughout the year, with the first scheduled for the week of February 3-9, 2024, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.

Participants will also attend the Fire-Rescue International conference in Dallas, Texas, and engage in ongoing learning and communication through an online community hosted on the IAFC website.

Participants of the 2024 program

The 2024 cohort includes a diverse group of fire service leaders from across the United States.

Those accepted into the 2024 program are:

  • Deputy Chief Melvin Carter, Dekalb County (GA) Fire & Rescue
  • Chief Michael Caven, Eugene-Springfield (OR) Fire Dept.
  • Chief Frederick Cephas, Gwinnett Fire & Emergency Services (GA)
  • Deputy Chief Tavon Claggett, Howard County Fire & Rescue (MD)
  • Chief Nick Clark, St. Matthew Fire & EMS (KY)
  • Deputy Chief John Curtis, South Metro Fire & Rescue (CO)
  • Chief Shane Dobson, Woodstock Fire (GA)
  • Asst. Chief David Gerboth, San Diego Fire Dept. (CA)
  • Deputy Chief Andrea Glass, Tempe Fire , Medical & Rescue Dept. (AZ)
  • Chief Robb Gottsch, Pappillion Fire Dept. (NE)
  • Division Chief Sean Jewell, West Metro Fire Rescue (CO)
  • Division Chief Kevin Jones, Indianapolis Fire Dept. (IN)
  • Deputy Chief Jason Krusen, Charleston Fire Dept. (SC)
  • Deputy Chief Jayme McConnellogue, Colorado Springs Fire Dept. (CO)
  • Deputy Chief Timothy McKay, Chesterfield County Fire & EMS (VA)
  • Deputy Chief Michael Mire, Houston Fire Dept. (TX)
  • Deputy Chief Heather Mozdean, Fremont Fire Dept. (CA)
  • Deputy Chief Paul Radford, Idaho Falls Fire Dept.
  • Asst. Chief Tracey Reed, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue (VA)
  • Asst. Chief Craig Rollins, Castle Rock Fire & Rescue Dept. (CO)
  • Deputy Chief Timothy Sell, Pasadena Fire Dept. (CA)
  • Batt. Chief James Short, Bozeman Fire Dept. (MT)
  • Deputy Chief Kim Stewart, Prince William County Fire & Rescue System, (VA)
  • Asst. Chief Lorna Trent, Virginia Beach Fire Dept. (VA)
  • Div. Chief Randall West, Alameda County Fire Dept. (CA)

The selection reflects a nationwide representation of fire service leadership, encompassing various roles such as Assistant Chiefs, Division Chiefs, and Battalion Chiefs.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide.

With a history dating back to 1873, it serves as a platform for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally, and access the latest best practices and services for first responders.

The IAFC celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2023, highlighting its long-standing commitment to public safety and fire service excellence.

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, has been a consistent supporter of the FSEDI program.

The Foundation focuses on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving, and education, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

FSJA comment

The selection of participants for the 2024 Fire Service Executive Development Institute signifies a continued commitment to leadership development within the fire service community.

The program, supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, plays a crucial role in preparing new and aspiring chiefs for the challenges of fire service leadership.

The diverse backgrounds and experiences of the selected participants reflect the wide-ranging nature of fire service operations across different regions.

This initiative not only enhances individual careers but also contributes to the broader goal of improving fire and emergency services nationwide.

By fostering leadership skills and promoting professional growth, the FSEDI ensures that the fire service community continues to evolve and adapt to new challenges, ultimately enhancing public safety and community resilience.

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