Assistant Fire Chief to participate in 2017 Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Post Date:03/06/2017 11:10 AM

The International Association of Fire Chiefs [] (IAFC) announced that Assistant Chief John Alvarez of Odessa Fire Rescue has been accepted into the fifth year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).  Chief Alvarez competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2017 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program Chief Alvarez has been awarded a scholarship, which covers the expenses for attending the program.

John began his career in the military as an Infantryman in the United States Army, 1st Infantry Division.   John deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm while in the military.  He received numerous awards and decorations during his tenure in the military.  John hired on Odessa Fire Rescue in 1992.  He has risen through the ranks to his current position as an Assistant Chief of Operations.  He holds a A.A.S from Odessa College, BA from Western Illinois University and an MA from Sul Ross State University.  John is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program from the National Fire Academy.  He holds the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.   He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from Texas Tech University and a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy.  

Once again Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. “Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes the how these challenging times require a new breed of leader to head our local fire departments and national fire service”, said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We’re proud to help support the education of these leaders to ensure they have the skills necessary to meet these complex and emerging issues confronting our communities.”

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year long leadership-development program created and implemented by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures.  The members of the cohort will meet in March, 2017 for their first 6-day session in addition to 2 other sessions six months apart.  The group will communicate between sessions using an online community.

Odessa Fire Rescue Fire Chief Roger Boyd stated,  “I am very grateful for the opportunities being made possible by the Motorola Solutions Foundation for many Fire Service Officers to expand and enhance their abilities to lead the next generation of Fire Chiefs and Executive Officers around the world.  The diversity of networking opportunities with other dedicated first responders has the potential to greatly improve the services needed in communities worldwide.  This knowledge can be transferred and developed in each jurisdiction to educate and train fire service leaders locally as well.”

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide.  IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation.  Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit

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