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Division Fire Chief Dan Schellhase Completes Executive Fire Officer Program

Post Date:07/16/2019 11:07 a.m.

The City of Ankeny is pleased to announce Division Chief of Training Dan Schellhase completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy on June 28, 2019. Chief Schellhase was recognized by the Mayor and Council with the EFOP certificate awarded by the National Fire Academy at the Ankeny City Council Meeting on Monday, July 15.

“The intensive EFOP provides a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration and the expertise needed to succeed in today’s challenging environment,” said Fire Chief Jim Clack. “Completing the four-year program is a testament to Chief Schellhase and the department’s commitment to career development, organizational improvement and the fire service at large.”

Chief Schellhase started working for the Ankeny Fire Department in December 2005, beginning part-time while working full-time as a firefighter with the Des Moines Fire Department. He was hired as the full-time Division Chief of Training in January 2016.  Dan also served in the Iowa Air National Guard from 2000-2006. Dan earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Waldorf College in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree. Chief Schellhase is the first member of the Ankeny Fire Department to complete this prestigious program.

The Executive Fire Officer Program is a four-year program that focuses on executive development, analysis of community risk reduction, analysis of fire service operations in emergency management and executive leadership. Six months after the completion of each of the courses a written applied research project is required to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student’s own organization. Additionally, each student presents a 30 minute oral defense of one of their applied research projects at the end of the program.

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