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East Fork deputy chief completes fire program

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East Fork Fire Protection District Deputy Fire Chief Tim Soule recently completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, Md.

The program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

Students are able to enhance their professional development through a series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses taken over a four-year period. Each course is two weeks in length. The applicant must complete an applied research project that relates to the organization within six months after the completion of each of the four courses.

"We are very proud of Tim's recent accomplishment," East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said. "Tim's applied research papers have always received very high marks representing subject matter germane to issues the district is currently facing or has faced."

Soule's papers on East Fork include "Mental Health for Emergency Services Personnel," "Cancer Prevention for Emergency Services Personnel," and "Volunteer Response Analysis to EMS and MVCs." All three have been scored high enough to be published in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Learning Resource Center.

Soule becomes the fifth East Fork chief officer to complete the program. Other graduates include Battalion Chief Scott Fraser, Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson, Carlini, and East Fork's first graduate, retired Deputy Chief Dave Drew.

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Soule currently oversees the district's training and safety division, which includes information technology.

Soule came to the East Fork Fire District in October 2011 from Kalispell, Mont., where he served for a decade and was a division chief. He served as a firefighter and paramedic in Cleveland, Ohio, for five years before that.