Three KFD captains accepted into National Fire Academy

Rink Gordon, Brandon Medlin, Chris Simpson

Rink Gordon, Brandon Medlin, Chris Simpson

KINGMAN – The Kingman Fire Department has taken a tremendous step toward the future and showing its commitment to officer development.

Captains Rink Gordon, Brandon Medlin and Chris Simpson have been accepted into the National Fire Academy’s Managing Fire Officer Program.

The program introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction, and adaptive leadership.

The captains had to complete five prerequisite courses to apply and went through a competitive application process. Now they must complete four courses at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Once they complete the academic portion, they’ll also need to complete a capstone project that applies the concepts they learned during the program toward a solution for a problem within the community.

Collectively, the captains have served the City of Kingman for 38 years and currently reside in Kingman.

Two years ago, KFD made officer development a high priority. As a result, the department has had two chief officers accepted into the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, which is the flagship program of the National Fire Academy.

The four-year program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

In addition, three chief officers have obtained their professional credential as Chief Fire Officers from The Commission on Professional Credentialing. The internationally-accepted model recognizes professional accomplishments and competence in fire and emergency services and offers fire and emergency service personnel career guidance and planning.

KFD Assistant Chief Keith Eaton said the department is very proud of the accomplishments of these individuals and their willingness to learn and develop for not only their future success, but the success of the organization and the community.

Preparing for the future and development of its members is a strategic vision for the department and these individuals have exemplified these efforts. These efforts will continue as a foundation for succession planning and continuous improvement for the organization.