Scott E. Kensinger, Assistant Chief of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for the City of Winchester has recently completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, a Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The four year program is the flagship leadership program of the United States Fire Administration and National Fire Academy, designed to provide fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration designed to provide senior fire executives, fire chiefs, chief fire officers, and others in key leadership roles with the ability to: Understand the need to transform fire and emergency services organizations from being reactive to proactive; an emphasis on leadership development, prevention, and risk-reduction; transforming fire and emergency services organizations to reflect the diversity of America's communities; and the value of 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.
Kensinger has worked for the city since 1997 and holds a Bachelor Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and an Associate Degree in Architectural Design from Pittsburgh Technical Institute. He currently serves as an Assistant Chief of the department responsible for administration.