Gurnee Fire Chief Completes International Professional Designation Process

For Release: 
Apr 14, 2010


GURNEE, IL – Fire Chief Fred N. Friedl III of the Gurnee Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on March 9, 2010 to officially confer the re-designation upon Chief Friedl. Chief Friedl is one of only 680 CFO’s worldwide.

The Chief Fire Office 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 Competencies. Chief Friedl received his original designation on February 19, 2004. To maintain the designation, individuals need to show they have continued to develop as a CFO in four areas: Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Active Association Membership and Community Involvement.

A Board of Review consisting of members of the fire and emergency services profession, academia, and municipal agencies review each application and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Commission.

Chief Friedl has been a member of the Gurnee Fire Department for 14 years and resides in the Village of Gurnee with his wife Lori of 25 years, children Danielle, Stephanie and Fred Nicholas.

Further Info: 

Date: April 14, 2010
Contact: Debbie Sobotka, Deputy Director
Phone: (703) 691-4620
Fax: (703) 961-0113