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Posted on: April 8, 2022

LCFR Assistant Chief Accepted to Fire Service Executive Development Institute

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Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are pleased to announce that Assistant Chief of Operations James Williams has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Williams competed with chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2022 cohort program.

Assistant Chief James Williams has worked for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue since June 2001. James began his career with LCFR as a recruit and has ascended through the ranks as a Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and currently serves as our Assistant Chief of Operations.

Chief Williams received his Bachelor of Science at Bates College in 1998 and his Master of Public Administration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010. In 2013-2014, he attended the George Washington University and became a Certified Public Manager. Chief Williams is a regional fire service advocate and serves in both NOVA Senior Operations Chiefs and COG Senior Operations Chiefs groups. 

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership-development program, created and implemented by the IAFC, to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. The first session is currently underway at the Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum, MD. The members of the cohort will meet four times in the coming year, one to take place at the Fire Rescue International conference in San Antonio, Texas. Between onsite sessions the cohort group will communicate using an online community. 

“Assistant Chief Williams is a strong advocate for professional development and understands the value it serves to himself and our System members” says System Chief Keith Johnson.  “By participating in this program, he is certainly leading by example”.

The IAFC's Fire Service Executive Development Program has become one of the premier career and leadership development programs in the fire and rescue services thanks to the generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Numerous chief officers from the previous cohort programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions and serving as officer in several fire service organizations. 

 About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide.  IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation.  Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
For the last ten years, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has funded the FSEDI program through a grant to the IAFC. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions that works to make strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering, and math programming. 

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI)
FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. After individuals complete their yearlong program, they remain active members of FSEDI as part of an alumni. Learn more

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