Edwardsville first responders accepted into prestigious program
The city of Edwardsville recently received notification that two of its supervisory personnel have been selected into the Executive Fire Officer Program starting next year.
Captain Rob Van Bibber, A-Shift Captain and EMS Supervisor Aniello “Tony” Burr were selected among the 208 candidates for this year’s class. Kansas has seven representatives in this year’s entrance class, including the two employees of Edwardsville Fire Department and another candidate from Johnson County.
The EFOP is an initiative of the United States Fire Administration/National Fire Academy designed to provide senior officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The EFOP curriculum and research framework examine how senior authority figures can exercise leadership when dealing with difficult, adaptive problems within their jurisdictions.
EFOP participants enhance their professional development through a unique series of four resident graduate-level and upper-level college-equivalent courses and the completion of an Applied Research Project (APR) for each course. The EFOP spans a four-year period and consists of four “core” courses. Each course is two weeks in length.
The competitive nature of the program and the pre-course selection criteria maintains the high quality of personnel selected into the program.
“I am extremely pleased to have both Captain Van Bibber and EMS Supervisor Burr selected into this extremely challenging educational program; it speaks volumes about the employees of this organization,” Edwardsville Fire Chief Tim Whitham said in a news release.