Battalion Chief Jon Henschel of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) recently completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and received two designations through the Center for Public Safety Excellence – Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) and Chief Fire Officer (CFO).
“We’re proud to announce the recent accomplishments of B.C. Henschel,” stated Chief William Garrett. “His commitment to furthering his education is inspiring and certainly a testament to the career development-oriented and supportive environment that the WFRD provides.”
To receive designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, one must meet the specified minimum eligibility requirements in academic achievement and practical experience. Contributions the individual has made to the industry through professional articles, teaching, and public speaking are assessed in addition to professional memberships and community and civic involvement.
The National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) is designed to provide fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. Students in the program will graduate with the ability to:
- Understand the need to transform fire and emergency services organizations from being reactive to proactive
- Place emphasis on leadership development, prevention, and risk-reduction
- Transform fire and emergency services organizations to reflect the diversity of America's communities
- Value research and its application to the profession
- Enhance executive-level knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead these transformations, conduct research, and engage in lifelong learning
The EFOP students enhance their professional development through a unique series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses. The demanding EFOP spans a four-year period with four mandatory core courses. Each course is two weeks in length and must be attended at the NETC Emmitsburg campus. To graduate from the EFOP, participants must write and submit a graduate-level Applied Research Project (ARP) that relates to their organization after each course. Each ARP is highly scrutinized and graded by an external evaluator. The ARP must be completed within six months from the end of each EFOP class and must receive a minimum passing score before the student can take the next class in the series. Only after all four classes have been completed and all four APRs have received passing grades is the EFOP certificate awarded to the student.
Battalion Chief Henschel began his career with the WFRD in October 1997 and is stationed at South End Fire Company. He is a nationally-registered paramedic and serves as president of the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council. He possesses a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University and a Master of Science in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University. Henschel was recently appointed by Governor Northam to the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.
More information about the CFO and CEMSO credentials can be found on the Center for Public Safety Excellence website.