Haines City Fire Captain, Codi Donahoe, received confirmation of his designation as "Fire Officer" (FO) from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), after completing an International Professional Designation Process. In January of this year, Donahoe was also accepted into the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
"Captain Donahoe's achievements and effort are exemplary," said Acting City Manager Richard Sloan. "His dedication to his job, continuing education and the citizens of Haines City speak for themselves."
Donahoe, a 10-year veteran of the Haines City Fire Department (HCFD), successfully completed the process that awards the professional FO designation. The CPC, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), will meet on October 4, 2016 to officially confer the designation.
"The Fire Officer designation is a big accomplishment for firefighters," said Haines City's Acting Fire Chief, Stuart McCutcheon. "Captain Donahoe is the first and only Fire Officer in Polk County to receive the designation and is one of only around 350 worldwide."
The FO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The CPC awards the FO 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 community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.
"Representing the Haines City Fire Department on a national level is a great honor," said Donahoe. This opportunity will allow me to challenge myself and work alongside some of the best Fire Officers in the nation."
In addition to successfully achieving the FO designation, Donahoe was accepted into the elite Managing Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Donahoe is part of the first cadre accepted into this new program, which begins January 2017.
"Attending the National Fire Academy in Maryland means pushing myself harder than I ever have before, but in the end it will allow me to better serve the citizens of Haines City," said Donahoe. "My belief is that a Fire Officer should lead from the front and must work harder than anyone-leadership is about serving others."
The Managing Officer program is a nationally funded program through the US Fire Administration and offered at the National Fire Academy. The intensive Managing Fire Officers Program is designed to provide mid-level fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration. The Program consist of four courses spread over a 2 year period, that require a capstone project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts and real life situations within the students organization.
"We are very proud of Captain Donahoe," said McCutcheon. The growth and progress I have seen in him over the last year is tremendous and he is well deserving of the Fire Officer designation and acceptance into the Managing Fire Officers Program."