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Fire Chief Earns International Designation

Post Date:08/29/2018 4:01 PM

Odessa Fire Rescue Chief John Alvarez has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on August 8, 2018 to confer the designation. Alvarez is one of only 1,306 CFO’s worldwide.

The Designation Program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. 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 (CPC) awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria.

Achieving this designation signifies Alvarez’ commitment to his career in the fire and emergency services.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct. Alvarez initially earned the designation in 2015.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the 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

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