Fire District 1 assistant chief awarded international professional credential

Oct 24, 2013
Courtesy of: Fire District 1 Fire District 1 Assistant Chief Mark Correira, of Mukilteo, has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation.

Snohomish County Fire District 1's assistant chief has completed the stringent requirements to be awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation by an international public safety commission.

Assistant Chief Mark Correira, of Mukilteo, now joins the elite ranks of fewer than 1,000 officers worldwide who have earned this designation.

“This is a major accomplishment," said Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis. “Fire District 1 commends Chief Correira for his hard work in achieving this international recognition. This designation recognizes his leadership as well as his rich knowledge of fire and emergency medical services.”

The Chief Fire Officer designation is presented by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Professional Credentialing. The commission awards the Chief Fire Officer designation only after an individual meets strict criteria.

The process includes assessments of a candidate’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.

In addition, all applicants must identify a future professional development plan.

Correira serves as Fire District 1’s chief of operations, overseeing fire station operations, emergency medical services and training. He served in a similar capacity with the Edmonds Fire Department, which merged with Fire District 1 in 2010.

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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