Captain Chris Martin graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive Program in April at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus Ohio. The OFE program is an intensive, two-and-a-half year executive education program geared toward chief fire officers administered by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation and the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, the statewide trade association for fire officers in Ohio.

Martin began his career at Cuyahoga Falls in 1999 and has been a valued member of the department and numerous special operations teams.

Martin joined 24 other officers from various fire departments across Ohio that also graduated as part of OFE Class #16. Capt. Martin was a standout in the class and bestowed the honor of serving as class president by other members of the class. Graduation from the OFE program signifies one of the highest levels of achievement in the profession. The OFE is designed to provide fire and emergency service officers with the educational experience focused on the development of executive skills used by effective leaders.

During the five weeks of in-residence classes, and during the interim between those weeks, the program requires in-depth participation in a significant number of learning modules. In part, participants are required to read books and case studies, write several papers, present in-class speeches, develop an organizational strategic plan and complete a research project. The program is taught by accomplished instructors from both within and outside of the fire service..

The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is the statewide trade association for fire officers and offers education, legislative advocacy, information and networking opportunities to its 1,500-plus members. The Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation is a non-profit organization administering the educational and scholarship programs of the trade association.

For questions or additional information, contact Chief Paul Moledor at 330.971.8140, or at moledorp@cityofcf.com.