Making the grade: Thornton completes Executive Fire Officer Program

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Nevada City Manager JD Kehrman presents Nevada Fire Chief William Thornton his certificate for completion of the Federal Emergency Management U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy's four-year Executive Fire Officer Program.

By Ralph Pokorny

Nevada Daily Mail

"It's nice to see the employees and staff are doing professional development and continuing education to improve the city," Nevada Mayor Brian Leonard said, following the presentation of the Executive Fire Officer Program certificate to Nevada Fire Chief William P. Thornton.

"It takes a lot of commitment to complete a four-year program like this," Leonard said.

According to a press release, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy announced March 16, that William P. Thornton, Jr. successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program.

"The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration," according to U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell Jr. "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 to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real-life situations within the student's own organization. Each project was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones.

Mitchell also said, "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."

Within six months after Thornton completed each course, he was required to complete an applied research project in the Nevada Fire Department.

Everyone who goes through this program must complete four courses.

* Executive development -- team development and consensus decision-making.

* Executive analysis of community risk reduction.

* Executive analysis of fire service operations in emergency management -- the administration of incident response in light of the Federal Response Plank the Integrated Emergency Management System, emergency operations center functions, planning, documentation, are some of the topics covered.

* Executive Leadership -- examines all aspects of executive-level leadership and ties together the educational experiences of the three previous years.

In other business the council:

* Reluctantly accepted the resignation of Sherry Steward from the city council effective July 31. Steward said she will be moving outside the city limits.

* Held a public hearing and voted 4-0, with Seth Barrett excused, to pass on first reading a special ordinance accepting an easement from the Nevada R-5 School District to run a fiber-optic cable across the high school property. The new fiber line will connect the city hall to the water treatment plant and will also facilitate the interconnection of R-5 district facilities.

* Voted 4-0 to adopt Resolution No. 1351 to accept a Missouri Law Enforcement Mobile Data Terminal Project Grant of about $21,000 for five mobile data terminals, including installation, for Nevada police cars. This will equip 13 of the city's 16 police patrol cars. The grant covers all costs.

* Voted 4-0 to approve annual liquor licenses to sell intoxicating liquor by the drink in excess of 5 percent alcohol to: American Legion Post No. 2, 402 E. Cherry; Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3313 E. Austin; Nevada Country Club, 200 Country Club Drive; Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564, 500 N. Centennial; Fraternal Order of the Bears No. 29 dba Boomers Roadhouse, 705 N. Osage; Capri Bowl Family Fun Center, 1701 N. Osage and Iguana Azul.

* Voted 4-0 to approve annual city liquor licenses to sell malt liquor in with alcohol content between 3.2 percent and 5 percent in the original package to: Fastrip No. 15, 402 W. Austin; Fastrip No. 36, 1811 N. Ash; Dollar General No. 8332, 1705 N. Osage and Dollar General No. 2815, 1411 W. Austin.

* Voted 4-0 to approve city liquor licenses to sell intoxicating liquor in the original package to: Cash-N-Dash, 401 N. Osage; Cash-N-Dash II, 1518 E. Austin; Cash-N-Dash West, 1502 W. Austin; Ramey's Supermarket, 500 E. Cherry; Tim's Convenience Store, 320 N. Osage; Tim's Convenience Store II, 1112 E. Austin; Wal-Mart Supercenter No. 34, 2250 Lincoln Ave.; Woods Supermarket Inc., 1407 W. Austin and Happys Drink Barn LLC, 110 S. Mill.

* Voted 4-0 to approve liquor licenses to sell malt liquor by the drink with an alcohol content between 3.2 percent and 14 percent to: Buzz's Barbecue, 1402 W. Austin and Pizza Hut, 1100 E. Austin.

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