Lake County Fire Rescue’s EMS chief is designated chief fire officer

Dan Miller

One of Lake County Fire Rescue’s chiefs has earned a new title.

Emergency Medical Services Chief Dan Miller recently received the professional designation of chief fire officer after successfully completing a program through the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The designation makes Dan one of only 1,279 CFOs worldwide, a news release states.

Dan became a volunteer firefighter soon after graduating high school in 1996. He has been a career firefighter with Lake County Fire Rescue for 20 years, and has an associate of science degree in emergency medical services from Valencia College and a bachelor’s degree in fire department administration from Waldorf University. He also is a graduate of the Emergency Services Leadership Institute.

“You spend your whole career training and going to class, teaching other firefighters and working in the community, so it is nice to be recognized with this distinction,” Dan says in the release.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria, the release states.

The program is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in seven measured components: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement, and technical competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

“Achieving this designation signifies Chief Miller’s commitment to his career in the fire and emergency services,” Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson says in the release. “Chief Miller has been pursuing this professional achievement for a year, and the process is very challenging. He has worked hard for this designation and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment.”

The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties, according to the release.

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