Hansen graduates fire officer school

Jan 22, 2014
Courtesy of: Chris Farley Camden Fire Department members Andrew Lowe, Cheyne Hansen and Chris Farley.

Camden — Camden Firefighter Cheyne Hansen recently completed the Maine Fire Service Institute’s Fire Officer Academy.

The program was conducted at Southern Maine Community College’s Midcoast campus on the site of the former naval air station in Brunswick. The academy is a residential program which brings together firefighters from around the state. The program aims to prepare current and future fire officers to become leaders within their organizations.

The course covers the entire spectrum of the National Fire Protection Association’s 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2009 edition. The course provides education to a nationally recognized standard with the participants achieving Professional Board qualifications recognized in 38 states, including Maine.

Elements of the program include; written and oral communication skills, preparing for promotions, training and coaching, working in the community, creating a budget, labor relations and working with unions, crew resource management, presentation skills, detailed case studies, advice and encouragement from veteran fire officers, subject matter experts and fire command simulations.

In addition to firefighter Hansen, Camden Assistant Chief Andrew Lowe, Lieutenant Robert French Jr. and Chief Chris Farley are alumni of the program.

“Completion of this program should help Firefighter Hansen develop a solid foundation for future career growth and aid the Camden Fire Department in providing safe, quality fire and rescue services to the community,” said Farley.

Participants in the program received instruction from experts including veteran fire chiefs, Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, representatives from the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards – Workplace Health & Safety Division and legal experts such as attorney and Providence, Rhode Island retired Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Curt Varone.

The intensive program started with an application process in July 2013, followed by an orientation session in September 2013. Program participants were then given pre-course assignments and projects to be completed prior to attending the session. The program was conducted by the staff at SMCC’s Maine Fire Service Institute and ran from Jan. 10 to 18. Included among the 19 participants were firefighters from Augusta, Auburn, Gardiner, West Gardiner, Wells, Saco, Camden and Rockport.

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