TEMPLE TERRACE - Assistant Fire Chief Ian Kemp is a man of distinction.
The Center for Public Safety Excellence, a Virginia-based nonprofit that accredits the continuous improvement of services delivered by emergency response agencies, recently awarded Kemp, 49, the title of Chief Fire Officer.
The prestigious award is a national designation from the CPSE's Commission on Professional Credentialing.
The in-depth application process required documentation of Kemp's education, certifications, training as well as professional memberships, contributions and recognitions. It also necessitated letters of recommendation.
A team of professional peers reviewed Kemp's credentials and subsequently conducted an oral interview with him.
The highly competitive CFO designation is meant to assure the people in a community such as Temple Terrace that its fire professionals have the education and technical competencies necessary to meet the demands of today's environment, city spokesman Michael Dunn wrote in a press release.
"I feel both privileged and honored to receive this designation for the Center for Public Safety Excellence," Kemp said. "I am very passionate about serving the citizens of Temple Terrace and believe that by participating in this process and earning the CFO, I am better prepared to serve our community."
Kemp has been the city's assistant fire chief since 2007. Prior to that he was a battalion chief with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Temple Terrace Fire Chief Keith Chapman said Kemp is very deserving of the CFO designation.
"This is a great accomplishment that demonstrates his leadership and commitment to excellence," Chapman said. "The fire department is privileged to have him as an assistant chief."
Kemp will be recognized in August during the Center for Public Safety Excellence's annual conference in Chicago.
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