The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Lexington Fire Department's Assistant Chief Jason Wells has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Wells competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2020 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program, Chief Wells has been awarded a scholarship which covers many of the expenses associated with attending the program.
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 March 2020 for their first five-day session in addition to two other sessions scheduled six months apart. The group will communicate between sessions using an online community.
Chief Wells has been a member of the Lexington Fire Department for 24 years. He began in 1996 as a recruit and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001 and captain in 2004. He was a company officer for 14 years, until being promoted to district major in 2015. He was appointed to battalion chief in 2016, fulfilling the roles of shift commander and fire chief’s executive officer. He assumed the role of assistant chief of prevention and preparedness in 2019, and this year was named assistant chief of administration. Chief Wells holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of the Cumberlands. He is excited about the opportunity to participate in the 2020 FSEDI cohort.
This is the eighth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program.
"The Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the training and development of emerging leaders in fire and emergency service to ensure they have the tools needed to best serve the community,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of Motorola Solutions Foundation.
“Congratulations to this year’s cohort of emerging fire and emergency service leaders," said Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The IAFC's Fire Service Executive Development Program has become the premier career and leadership-development program in our profession thanks to the generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Many officers from the previous programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions and are effectively leading their departments.”