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Thomasville Fire Rescue Chief Tim Connell completes international professional designation process

Thomasville Fire Rescue Chief Tim Connell has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer. The Commission on Professional Credentialing® met August 8, 2023, to confer the designation.

The designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including 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. The 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 the organization’s stringent criteria. Achieving this designation signifies a career commitment to the fire and emergency services.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership, and community involvement, as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct. Chief Connell first received his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2017.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, administers the designation program and consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about the CPC, visit

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