Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. has successfully completed the re-credentialing process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on February 7, 2017, to officially confer the re-designation upon the Chief. This designation makes him one of only 1,210 CFO’s worldwide and one of only 16 in Massachusetts.

The CFO Designation is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including: Experience, Education, Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Association Membership, Community Involvement and Technical Competencies. Chief Coleman received his original designation on February 4, 2014. To maintain the designation he needed to show that he has continued to develop as a CFO in four areas. Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Active Association Membership and Community Involvement. A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia, and municipal agencies review each applicant and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Commission.

“I am proud to have re-credentialed my CFO designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). This is an organization that raises the bar with its commitment to public safety officials through professional development and education” Chief Coleman said. Chief Coleman will be one of the speakers at next month’s Excellence Conference in Garden Grove CA sponsored by CPSE. He will be presenting a session on leadership and the internal customers in emergency service organizations.