The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our career personnel from the third Officer Development School. These 16 men and women attended the comprehensive two-week academy from May 5 thru May 18, at the Oliver Robert Dubé Fire-Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg.
The Department’s senior staff members worked alongside seasoned company officers to design a program to teach important aspects of both leadership and management. This intensive, two-week training platform focuses on developing all aspects of a company officer’s role through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. They will develop their skills not only as tacticians, but also as mentors, cultivating, and growing department personnel. The program utilized departmental instructors, as well as presenters from outside LCFREM and the fire service as a whole.
The graduation ceremony was emceed by James Williams, Deputy Chief, who played a key role in the development and administration of the program. The Chief of the System, W. Keith Brower, Jr. and Mr. Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, each delivered remarks to the graduates and also presented the graduation certificates to each officer with Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia.