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Idaho Falls division chief receives professional honor

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The following is a news release from the city of Idaho Falls on Friday.

IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Parsons was designated chief training officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence during the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference in San Antonio, Texas, last night.

Parsons is one of only two in the fire service to receive such a designation in the state of Idaho.

This award is bestowed to members of the fire service that, through peer assessment have met the highest industry competencies for their position. There are only 83 CPSE designated Chief Training Officers in the United States.

“We are proud to congratulate Division Chief Jeff Parsons,” states Idaho Falls Fire Department Chief Dave Hanneman. “This distinct recognition is a reflection of his dedication to keeping fellow firefighters and this community safe. This is the kind of progressive leadership that ensures that this department will continue to meet and exceed industry standards,” adds Hanneman.

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said, “I offer Chief Parsons my heartfelt congratulations. This honor speaks highly of the caliber of our fire department and underscores the leadership role the Idaho Falls Fire Department has in Idaho and surrounding states.”

Last year, Parsons received the Fire Officer designation and was the first fire service member in the state of Idaho to receive this designation. Idaho Falls Division Chief Paul Radford was the second. There are currently only three CPSE designated Fire Officers in the state of Idaho.

The department was also selected as one of only five departments to be showcased in a video during the IAFC conference in San Antonio.

The Training Division of the Idaho Falls Fire Department was started in the fall of 2015. The division, led by Parsons, manages training for on-duty personnel and new recruits, as well as the Target Solutions training platform. Parsons also serves as the safety officer for the department.

CPSE is a not-for-profit corporation and is a primary resource for the fire and emergency profession to improve services to provide a higher quality of life for communities. According to their website, CPSE has successfully helped local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities.