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Mar 3, 2014 2:18 PM by Faye DeHoff

Battalion Chief from Rural/Metro wins special designation

TUCSON - A Battalion Chief from the Rural/Metro Fire Department has been awarded a professional designation, one of only several hundred worldwide.

Battalion Chief John Walka has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on February 4 to officially confer the designation of Chief Walka. Chief Walka is one of only 956 CFO's worldwide.

The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and the community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the CFO Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit www.publicsafetyexcellence.org <http://www.publicsafetyexcellence.org>.

Battalion Chief John Walka has been a member of the Rural/Metro Fire Department for 36 years and currently resides in Pima County.

(Seen in the photograph are Battalion Chief John Walka (left) and Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan, also previously designated.)

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