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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Fire chief accepted into Fire Service Executive Development Institute



The International Association of Fire Chiefs has announced that Chief David Pennington of the Springfield Fire Department has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.  Chief Pennington competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country to become a member of the 2018 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program Chief Pennington has been awarded a scholarship which covers the expenses for attending the program. He is one of only 20 fire chiefs from across the country to be selected for this program.

This is the sixth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. “Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes the how these challenging times require a new breed of leader to head our local fire departments and national fire service”, said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We’re proud to help support the education of these leaders to ensure they have the skills necessary to meet these complex and emerging issues confronting our communities.”

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership-development program created and implemented by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures.  The members of the cohort will meet in December, 2017, for their first 6 day session in addition to 2 other sessions scheduled six months apart. 

The group will communicate between sessions using an online community.


About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide.  IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation.  Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.


About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit

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