The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) recognized four Officers of the Oak Ridge Fire Department for their national accreditation at the Fire Rescue International Conference - CPSE annual Accreditation banquet in Chicago this month.  The Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that, for more than a decade, has helped local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities.  Through its individual commissions, CPSE provides a host of programs including accreditation for fire and emergency service agencies and professional designations for senior-level fire and emergency service officers.

Fire Chief Darryl Kerley and Assistant Fire Chief Josh Waldo have been approved for the designation of Chief Fire Officer.  Chief Kerley has held the designation of Chief Fire Officer, CFO since 2004 and was notified that his designation has been renewed.  Chief Kerley is required to renew his CFO designation every three years and submits a package outlining his career progress for the past three years to ensure he is continuing to work towards professional excellence through continued education, training, and community service.  Assistant Chief Waldo has received his initial designation having completed his Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and showing a continual forward progress when it comes to professional development.  Assistant Chief Waldo also received accreditation as a Fire Marshal (FM) and Chief Training Officer (CTO). 

The Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation Program was created to recognize fire officers who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement throughout their career. The designation demonstrates that individuals have developed a strategy for continued career improvement and development. The highly competitive CFO designation assures departments that their leaders have the educational and technical competencies necessary to meet the demands of today's society.  Since its’ inception in November 2001 the CFO designation has only been bestowed on 851 fire professionals across the country with only 13 of those being from the State of Tennessee.

Chief Kerley has served in the role of Chief Officer in some capacity over the past 15 years and has been with the Oak Ridge Fire Department since 2006.  He is married to wife Jamie and has two daughters, Ashley and Hannah.

Assistant Chief Waldo has served in the role of Chief Officer in some capacity over the past 6 years and has been with the Oak Ridge Fire Department since 2007.  He is married to wife Cindy and has a son, Wyatt. 

Battalion Chiefs Marty Griffith and Joseph Durham also received recognition from the Center for Public Safety Excellence that they have been approved for the designation of Fire Officer.  In August 2009 the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) unveiled the new Fire Officer (FO) Designation Program for line officers and others who aspire to become Chief Fire Officers (CFO). Although the process for obtaining the FO designation closely mirrors the CFO process, the FO designation is an incremental step toward the CFO with different standards of expertise, responsibility, and accountability.  Since its inception in 2009 only 125 fire professionals across the country have received this designation and Battalion Chiefs Griffith and Durham become the second and third professionals to achieve this certification in the State of Tennessee. 

Battalion Chief Griffith has been with the Oak Ridge Fire Department since 2002 and currently oversees the daily operations of C-shift.  BC Griffith is also a Registered Nurse and holds an associate’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University.  BC Griffith is married to wife Tracy and has two daughters, Sidney and Serria.

Battalion Chief Durham has been with the Oak Ridge Fire Department since 1996 and currently oversees the daily operations of A-shift and holds an associate’s degree from Roane State Community College.  BC Durham is married to wife Michelle and has three children, Jordan, Justin, and Caden. 

 

For further information, visit the website www.oakridgetn.gov.

 

News media contact: Candice Brogan (865) 425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov.

Pictured Left to Right: Assistant Fire Chief Josh Waldo, Fire Chief Darryl Kerley, Battalion Chief Marty Griffith and Battalion Chief Joseph Durham