The Center for Public Safety Excellence has notified Assistant Fire Chief Josh Waldo of the Oak Ridge Fire Department that he has been approved for two national accreditations, a press release said.
It said Waldo has been approved for the designations of chief training officer and fire marshal. In March, Waldo was accredited by the CPSE as chief fire officer. The two additional accreditations were approved this week.
The release said Waldo has completed his master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
The Chief Training Officer, or CTO, Designation Program, launched June 2012, and it was created to recognize administrators of training and educational programs in emergency services who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement throughout their career. The designation is not a training program but a verification and recognition of past accomplishments and a starting point for future achievements.
The Fire Marshal, or FM, Designation Program, which was launched in July 2011, was created to recognize fire prevention leaders who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement throughout their career. The designation is not a training program but a verification and recognition of past accomplishments and a starting point for future achievements.
The programs specify minimum eligibility requirements in the form of academic achievements and practical experience, the press release said. The programs also assesses contributions to the emergency services and fire prevention fields through professional articles, public speaking, and teaching and research as well as professional memberships and community and civic involvement.
The press release said Waldo has served in the role of chief officer in some capacity over the past six years and has been with the Oak Ridge Fire Department since 2007. He currently serves as the assistant chief of fire prevention and training. He is married to his wife Cindy and has a son, Wyatt.
Waldo will travel to Chicago in August to attend the International Association of Fire Chiefs-Fire Rescue Conference, where he will be recognized for his accreditation at the CPSE annual accreditation banquet.
The Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. is a nonprofit organization that, for more than a decade, has helped local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities. Through its individual commissions, CPSE provides a host of programs including accreditation for fire and emergency service agencies and professional designations for senior-level fire and emergency service officers.