BALD HEAD ISLAND — Public Safety Lt. Steven P. Barger recently received an international recognition, making him one of only 636 individuals in the world to earn the designation. Barger successfully completed the voluntary process to become a Fire Officer, credentialed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) Apr. 5.
The program is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in seven components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. Applicants must also create a future professional development plan.
“I am thankful for the motivation I receive from my peers,” Barger said in a press release. “I have been blessed to work with great people throughout my career to help guide me to this point. One of my biggest future goals is to assist others in achieving success.”
Barger has been with the village since 2018 and was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in February.
Candidates for the fire officer designation are evaluated with a comprehensive peer review model and the CPC awards the designation — valid for three years — after the individual has met stringent criteria.
Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement, as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct, according to the release.
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