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Henry fire captain gets national credentialing designation

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Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy congratulated Henry Fire Battalion Capt. Brandon B. Mitchell on achieving his designation as Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

Special Photo Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy congratulated Henry Fire Battalion Capt. Brandon B. Mitchell on achieving his designation as Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

A veteran Henry County firefighter, Capt. Brandon B. Mitchell, has been designated by a national organization as one of the best in the country in doing his job.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, which is an entity of the Center of Public Safety Excellence, Inc., has determined that Mitchell, who also is a trained paramedic, has been designated a worldwide “Fire Officer” — the first in Georgia.

“This designation is validating what’s already been accomplished, both academically, and in terms of experience, and competence,” said Debbie Sobotka, deputy director of the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

“We look at the whole officer. We look at education and experience, against 12 national competencies required, and just achieving this is not the end. The person getting the designation must continue to show professional development, community involvement, professional competence, professional affiliation,” the deputy executive director added.

“It [the designation] says to the community [Mitchell] has been measured against national standards and has been found to be one of the best in the fire services,” continued Sobotka.

The credentialing commission is based in Chantilly, Va., just outside of the nation’s capitol. The designation provided to Bennett is good for three years. After that time, he will be evaluated anew.

“Henry Fire Capt. Mitchell is one of only 101 [Fire Officers] worldwide and the first for the state of Georgia,” according to Henry County Fire Capt. Sabrina Puckett. Mitchell has been a firefighter for 19 years.