Exeter Township Fire Chief Christopher Bickings has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of “Fire Marshal” (FM) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on December 7, 2021, to confer the designation. Chief Bickings becomes one of 205 FM’s worldwide to meet this standard.
Chief Bickings also has completed and maintains the same credentials for Chief Fire Officer. He is the one of two fire officer/fire marshals currently in Pennsylvania holding both designations.
The Designation Program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future development plan.
Achieving this designation signifies Chief Bickings’ commitment to his career in the fire and emergency services.
The professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.
The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administer the Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency services profession.