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Posted on: August 14, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Local Fire Captain completes International Professional Designation process

Captain Rick Potter of the Pueblo Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Fire Officer” (FO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on July 3, 2012, to officially confer the designation upon Captain Potter.
Captain Potter is one of only 108 FO’s worldwide.

The CPC awards the FO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s strict criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The FO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the FO Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit

Captain Potter has been a member of the Pueblo Fire Department for 22 years, and is a lifelong Pueblo resident.

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