TAVARES — Lake County Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Services Chief Dan Miller has successfully completed a process awarding him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met earlier this month to officially confer the designation, making Chief Miller one of only 1,279 CFOs worldwide.
The program is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, 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 awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria.
“Achieving this designation signifies Chief Miller’s commitment to his career in the fire and emergency services,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson. “Chief Miller has been pursuing this professional achievement for a year, and the process is very challenging. He has worked hard for this designation and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment.”
Chief Miller became a volunteer firefighter soon after graduating high school in 1996. He has been a career firefighter with Lake County Fire Rescue for 20 years, and has an Associate of Science degree in Emergency Medical Services from Valencia College and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Department Administration from Waldorf University. He is also a graduate of the Emergency Services Leadership Institute.
“You spend your whole career training and going to class, teaching other firefighters and working in the community, so it is nice to be recognized with this distinction,” said Chief Miller.
The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.