Assistant West Metro chief accepted into fire institute

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By Deborah Swearingen

An assistant chief with West Metro Fire Rescue has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.

Clint Fey, who joined West Metro in 1995, competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country for a position in the 2018 class. He was awarded a scholarship to cover expenses.

The year-long intensive training program is designed to prepare fire officers for successful careers, according to a release from West Metro. The institute is a program developed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and funded by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Participants commit to a six-day introductory residency, a four- to six-month period of self study and a variety of other sessions, according to the program’s informational website.

In more than 20 years at West Metro, Fey has served in a variety of roles, including assistant chief, line chief, emergency management services division chief and as the Jefferson County Emergency Management director.

“A lot has changed since I first became a firefighter some 25 years ago,” Fey said in a release. “We face challenges that demand forward thinking and problem solving.

“I’m honored to have been selected for the program.”

He is a 2012 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is credentialed as a chief fire officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.