New Lenox Fire District Chiefs Complete International Professional Designation Process
By New Lenox Fire Protection District
October 6, 2020

New Lenox Fire Protection District’s Chief Adam Riegel and Deputy Chief Dan Turner have successfully completed the process that awards them the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on September 1, 2020 to officially confer the designation upon Chief Riegel and Deputy Chief Turner. They are now two of only 1,498 CFOs worldwide.

The 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 competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria.

Achieving this designation signifies Chief Riegel and Deputy Chief Turner’s commitment to their career in the fire and emergency services.

The professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth to the areas of professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of conduct.

The Commission of Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE), administers the Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about the CPC, visit

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The primary mission of the New Lenox Fire and Ambulance Protection District is to provide a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property within New Lenox Village and Township from the effects for fires and sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature with professional, compassionate, and quality service.