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August 7, 2012

Contact: Shaun Rachau, City of Goodyear
Office: 623-882-7059 or

Goodyear’s Paul Luizzi Earns Distinction of Being Designated Chief Fire Officer by Commission of Professional Credentialing
Paul Luizzi Chief Fire Officer
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The City of Goodyear announced today that Deputy Fire Chief Paul Luizzi, who has been serving as an interim Deputy City Manager for the past 14 months, has completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer. Luizzi officially accepted this high-profile honor from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) this past weekend at the Fire-Rescue International conference in Denver.

Luizzi is one of only 880 people worldwide to be named Chief Fire Officer.

The CPC awards the Chief Fire Officer 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.

“This is a tremendous professional milestone for Chief Luizzi,” said Goodyear Fire Chief Mark Gaillard. “A Chief Fire Officer Designee achieves recognition for demonstrated commitment to professional development and for their impact on the communities they serve. I am very proud that Chief Luizzi has been honored with designation because it is a strong reflection on our entire fire department.”

Luizzi, who has been a member of the Goodyear Fire Department for the past five years and has worked for fire and EMS agencies for 24 years, has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and has far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions. He will return to full-time status as Deputy Fire Chief later this month after Deputy City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh begins his new position at City Hall on Aug. 20.

The CPC, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE), administers the Chief Fire Officer Designation Program and uses a comprehensive peer-review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.


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