Adam Wedmore, assistant fire chief for the Rockwell and Swaledale volunteer fire departments and service director for the Rockwell-Swaledale EMS, has successfully finished the Executive Fire Officer Program.
Wedmore also serves as Cerro Gordo County's auditor.
"The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration," said U.S. Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant. "This program provides fire service officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today's challenging environment."
Each of the four courses required a written applied research project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student's own organization. Each of these projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones.
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Six months after completion of each of the courses, the EFOP participants were required to complete a project in their own organization. The required executive-level courses are:
Executive Development, the entry-level course, emphasizes team development and consensus decisionmaking to enhance organizational effectiveness.
The next course in the sequence, Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction, is a mixture of philosophy and application--the value of the community risk reduction and the process of applying risk reduction to the community. It involves developing partnerships with the community to implement programs, initiatives, and services that prevent and/or mitigate the risk of human made or natural disasters. Traditional fire prevention programs are addressed.
For the third year, participants complete Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management course. This course is a critical curriculum in today's incident response environment. The administration of incident response in light of the Federal Response Plan, the Integrated Emergency Management System, emergency operations center functions, planning, documentation, are some of the topics covered.
The final course, Executive Leadership, examines all aspects of executive-level leadership and ties together the educational experiences of the three previous years.