Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) Deputy Chief Roy Hollett is one of just 20 senior level firefighters – and the only Canadian – to be accepted into the international 2017 Fire Service Executive Development Institute training program.
The program is a year-long leadership development program created and implemented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures.
Hollett competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across North America to become a member of the 2017 cohort. Along with being accepted into the program Hollett has been awarded a scholarship to cover program expenses.
A former firefighter with the Canadian Armed Forces, Hollett was assigned to several bases and ships, including HMCS Toronto. Prior to becoming a deputy chief with HRFE in 2006, Hollett was a volunteer chief for Station 58 (Lakeside).
Members of the 2017 cohort will meet in Virginia next month for their first six-day session. Three additional in-person sessions will occur throughout the year, including one in North Carolina at the end of July. The group will also communicate between sessions through an online community.
“This opportunity is incredibly valuable for Roy and the department,” said HRFE Chief Doug Trussler. “Roy will be exposed to firefighting techniques, trends, and challenges faced by chiefs from cities across the United States.
“Roy will benefit from that experience but so too will the municipality,” Trussler said.
This program is funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, which recognizes, “how these challenging times require a new breed of leader to head our local fire departments,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We’re proud to help support the education of these leaders to ensure they have the skills necessary to meet the complex and emerging issues confronting our communities.”
Hollett is just the third Canadian firefighter to be accepted into the program since its inception in 2013.
About The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC):
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation. Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available for first responders.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation:
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities in which it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/