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California Fire Marshal Awards Beverly Hills Fire Chief Barton with “Fire Chief Certification”

Posted Sept. 18,2018, 3:37 p.m.

By Victoria Talbot

Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton was awarded “Fire Chief Certification” Tuesday evening be California State Fire Marshal Dennis Mathisen at the City Council meeting, an honor that has been awarded to only a few Fire Chiefs throughout the state since 1998.

The State Board of Fire Services established the Certification as the capstone of the State’s professional certification and qualification system after a study, conducted in the 1990s by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the League of California Cities. 

The study identified critical attributes necessary to become a Fire Chief. 

But the application process is rigorous. Candidates are so thoroughly vetted through the State Fire Marshal that only 38 have so far been certified. To reach certification, they must pass a set of comprehensive performance and professional standards evaluations, as well as a comprehensive interview, by a Peer Assessment Committee. 

With this certification, Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton becomes the 39th to have achieved this outstanding recognition for his accomplishments. 

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