A Merry Christmas season to you!! After many years, the Annisquam Village church is
changing the time of our annual Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship from 11 p.m. to 5:30
p.m., and we need some help getting the word out. Could you please post this?
All in the community are welcome to join us. Thank you for all you do for our community!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
Annisquam Village Church
CHRISTMAS 2013 AT
THE ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH
December 22 ~ The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Worship, 10:00 a.m. “A Service of Lessons and Carols”
Christmas Pageants, 4:00 p.m.
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve
Candle Light Worship, 5:30 p.m.*
*please note change in time
SENIOR GLOUCESTER MA FIRE OFFICER COMPLETES EXECUTIVE PROGRAM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) announced June 28, 2013 that Miles J. Schlichte successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).
“The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration,” according to U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell, Jr. “This program provides fire service officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today’s challenging environment.”
Each of the four annual courses required a written Applied Research Project (ARP) to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student’s own organization. Each of these projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones.
Mitchell also stated, “It is important that these senior fire executives apply what they have learned in the classroom to existing situations in their own communities. This makes completion of the EFOP and the Applied Research Projects particularly valuable to these fire service leaders.”
Six months after completion of each of the courses, the EFOP participants were required to complete an ARP related to their own organization. The required executive-level courses are:
Executive Development, the entry level course, emphasizes team development and consensus decision making to enhance organizations effectiveness. Chief Schlichte’s ARP on the benefits to the City of Gloucester of an effective Emergency Management Program has been published by the National Fire Academy as an exceptional work.
Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction, the next course in the sequence, is a mixture of philosophy and application—the value of the community risk reduction and the process of applying risk reduction to the community. It involves developing partnerships with the community to implement programs, initiatives, and services that prevent and/or mitigate the risk of human made or natural disasters. Traditional fire prevention programs are addressed. Chief Schlichte’s ARP on mitigating flooding along Poplar Street by utilizing FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) resulted in a successful million dollar grant to alleviate the periodic flooding in this section of Gloucester.
Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management is the third year course. This course is a very critical curriculum in today’s incident response environment. The administration of incident response in light of the Federal Response Plan (FRP), the Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) functions, planning, and documentation, are some of the topics covered. Chief Schlichte’s ARP on the creation of a Type IV Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) for the City of Gloucester has been published by the National Fire Academy as an exceptional work.
Executive Leadership is the final course which examines all aspects of executive-level leadership and ties together the educational experiences of the three previous years. Chief Schlichte’s final ARP examines the current practice of using acting officers in lieu of permanent officers within the Gloucester Fire Department.
Chief Schlichte is the second member of the Gloucester Fire Department to have completed this intensive program. Chief Carleton Ekborg-retired, was recognized for his successful completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) in 2006.
Dr. Denis Onieal
National Fire Academy
U.S. Fire Administration
I’ve attached the flier inviting all families to join in our Winter Skating Festival & Family Skate on Saturday 12/14 starting at 11 am.
Cape Ann Skating Club
Come join the Cape Ann Skating Club for our annual Holiday Winter Skating Festival on Saturday, December 14, 11 am, Talbot Rink, O’Maley School, Gloucester! Includes free admission to our Holiday Exhibition, used skate sale, bake sale, fun crafts for little ones. Family Skate $5 for entire family at 1 pm (if rental skates required, add additional $5 per person).
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