Chief Gary Fredericksen of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department has been designated a “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC). He is one of only 1,175 CFO’s worldwide. Chief Fredericksen earned the designation after meeting all of the organization’s stringent criteria.
The CFO program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates for the credential. The process includes an assessment of education, experience, professional development, technical competence, contributions to the profession, and community involvement.
Candidates are also required to establish a future professional development plan.
Chief Fredericksen has led the Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) for five years and is currently the only tribal fire chief to receive the CFO designation. Prior to becoming Chief at YDFD, he served as Division Chief in Charge of Operations and Administration for the West Sacramento Fire Department. With more than 30 years of line, administrative and leadership experience in fire and emergency services, Chief Fredericksen has deep public safety knowledge and has consistently excelled in critical core competencies for senior fire officers.
The CPC, a division of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) is made up of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.
To learn more about CPC and the CFO program, visit www.publicsafetyexcellence.org
Top Image: Fire Chief Gary Fredericksen, Yocha Dehe Fire Department (Credit: Robert Durell)