FORT LEE, Va. (July 3, 2013) -- Fort Lee Deputy Fire Chief William M. Maciorowski of the Directorate of Emergency Services has successfully completed a comprehensive process that earned him the prestigious professional designation of Chief Fire Officer.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, a national organization, met on June 4 and conferred the CFO designation. He is one of only 913 CFO's worldwide, the 5th in the Department of the Army and the 34th in the DOD worldwide.

"This is a huge milestone for me to reach the highest level in the CPC," said Maciorowski, a member of the fire service for 30 years. "The documentation covered 20 technical competencies ... my experience, accomplishments, training, service and more. It took me about six months to complete the package that I submitted in late March."

An entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., the program consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services professions. It uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.

In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan and submit three letters of recommendation..

This certification is valid for three years and he must maintain a level of accomplishments to reapply to continue to hold the designation.

The CPC awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria.

According to the CPC, Maciorowski has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and has far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions.

"CPC wants you to always improve," the deputy fire chief noted. "So, it's important I meet my goals."

The highly competitive designation assures departments that their leaders have the educational and technical competencies necessary to meet the demands of today's society. The group also offers designations of Chief EMS Officer, Chief Training Officer, Fire Marshal and Fire Officer.

Maciorowski's fire service began as a volunteer fireman in Pennsylvania. He next served around the world in the Air Force fire service for many years. He joined Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services as deputy fire chief in 2012.

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