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PFPD’s Thompson receives ‘Chief Fire Officer’ designation

Fire Chief Ronald Thompson of the Pagosa Fire Protection District has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on March 9 to officially confer the designation upon Thompson, one of only 680 CFOs worldwide.

The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

Thompson has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions.

The CFO designation uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

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

Thompson has been the chief of the Pagosa Fire Protection District since November 2007. He has been a career firefighter since September 1973 and began as a volunteer firefighter in May of 1967.