Fire District’s Correira awarded Chief Fire Officer designation

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Mark Correira
Mark Correira

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Assistant Chief Mark Correira has completed the necessary requirements to be awarded the prestigious Chief Fire Officer designation by an international public safety commission.

“This is a major accomplishment. Chief Correira joins the elite ranks of less than 1,000 officers worldwide who have earned this designation,” said Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis. “Fire District 1 commends Chief Correira for his hard work in achieving this international recognition. This designation recognizes his leadership as well as his rich knowledge of fire and emergency medical services.”

The Chief Fire Officer designation is presented by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Professional Credentialing. The commission awards the Chief Fire Officer designation only after an individual meets strict criteria. The process includes assessments of a candidate’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement. In addition, all applicants must identify a future professional development plan.
Correira serves as Fire District 1’s chief of operations, overseeing fire station operations, emergency medical services and training. He served in a similar capacity with the Edmonds Fire Department, which merged with Fire District 1 in 2010.

In other Fire District 1 news, the agency recently added four volunteers to its ranks:

Henry Patterson is a 2009 graduate of Bothell High School and participated in the Woodinville Fire Department’s program for high school students. He completed his emergency medical technician training at North Seattle Community College.

Alex Reece is a 2005 graduate of Lynnwood High School. As a high school student, he participated in the Sno-Isle Skills Center Fire Service Technology program, which held classes at Fire District 1 Headquarters. He completed his emergency medical technician training and is pursuing a fire science degree at Everett Community College.

Nathan Solberg is a 2012 graduate of Snohomish High School. He completed his emergency medical technician training at Everett Community College.

Miranda Timonen is an Edmonds native and a 2008 graduate of Lakeside High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, and completed her emergency medical technician training at Everett Community College.

Fire District 1’s volunteers provide support response with AIR 10, a truck equipped to provide on-scene air-bottle refills, supplemental lighting and firefighter rehabilitation. The division also supports prevention education and community relations.

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