Battalion Chief Scott Goodall recently completed an intensive officer training program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Academy (NFA). Goodall joins past Marysville Fire District graduates Assistant Fire Chief Martin McFalls, Human Resources Manager Joyce Savage, Fire Marshal Tom Maloney and Assistant Fire Marshal David VanBeek in receiving certification in the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).
Goodall will be presented his graduation certificate at a future Marysville Fire District Board of Directors meeting.
"The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration," explained U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell. "This program provides fire service officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today's challenging environment."
Each of the four courses required a written Applied Research Project (ARP) to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student's own organization. Each of these projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones.
In addition to meeting these milestones, Goodall implemented his research findings to improve operational preparedness for the fire district.
Fire Chief Greg Corn stated, "We are very proud of Scott, who not only graduated but provided some improvements with his research projects."
Mitchell also stated, "It is important that these senior fire executives apply what they have learned in the classroom to existing situations in their own communities. This makes completion of the EFOP and the Applied Research Projects particularly valuable to these fire service leaders."
The course curriculum focuses on executive development, risk reduction, fire service operations in an emergency situation, and executive leadership.