2 ORFD members achieve Fire Officer designation, are among 548 designees worldwide

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2021) – The Oak Ridge Fire Department is proud to announce two of its firefighters have recently received their Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) Fire Officer (FO) designation. Fire Captain and Paramedic Richard Cox and Firefighter, Engineer, and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Shay West are among only 548 Fire Officer (FO) designees worldwide.

The Designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their 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 FO 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.

“I am so proud of Richard and Shay for accomplishing this achievement. We are very lucky to have them in our department and for their dedication to fire service,” Oak Ridge Fire Chief Travis Solomon said.

Achieving this designation signifies both Cox’s and West’s commitment to their career in the fire and emergency services.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.

Currently, the Oak Ridge Fire Department has 11 members with the Fire Officer Designation. That includes new designees Cox and West.

Two members have the Chief Fire Officer Designation, one of which also has a dual designation of Fire Marshal.

Richard Cox

Shay West