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Bunker Hill Community College Professor Wins Chief Fire Officer Designation

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thomas P. Bogart, adjunct instructor in the Fire Protection and Safety Program at Bunker Hill Community College and a lieutenant in the Fire Department of Lynn, Massachusetts, received the prestigious Chief Fire Officer credentials from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Dr. Bogusia Wojciechowska, BHCC Dean of Professional Studies, announced today.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing of the IAFC awards the Chief Fire Officer designation only after an assessment of the applicant’ s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.  Only 660 firefighters worldwide have received these credentials. 

“ Those earning Chief Fire Officer designation must have a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and have far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in similar senior fire officer positions,”  said Dr. Wojciechowska.  “ This is a great honor for Professor Bogart and for the College.” 

Bogart has been a member of the Lynn Fire Department for 26 years and currently serves as the department’ s Communications Officer.  

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Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.