Two from East Lake Fire Rescue earn executive designation

EAST LAKE — Two East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District employees have completed a four-year national fire program that will enhance the department’s capabilities of serving the community.

East Lake Fire Rescue announced Monday that Deputy Chief Jason Gennaro and Fire Marshal Mark Teolis were both awarded the professional title of executive fire officer from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

“The NFA EFO program provides fire officers with the expertise they need to be successful with current challenges,” East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District Fire Chief Tom Jamison said in a press release. “I’m proud of these achievements which demonstrate their leadership and commitment to excellence in the community. Having two EFO graduates is a privilege for the department.”

The U.S. Fire Administration is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to its website, the Executive Fire Officer Program is an initiative of the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy designed to provide senior officers and others in key leadership roles with a variety of enhanced on-the-job skills.

The four-year program consists of four core courses. Each course required a written applied research paper to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations for the East Lake community, the release stated.

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