Rockford’s fire chief has a new title

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s Fire Chief, Derek Bergensten, has a new title, he’s now Head of the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

The Center for Public Safety Excellence is a not-for-profit organization who’s mission is to lead fire service to excellence.

Bergensten leads the 11-organization panel that evaluates candidates who are looking to become credentialed.

He says not only do they vote on and approve those applications, but they also set goals as to what they want to do to advance and improve fire service.

One of the categories they look at in order to get credentialed is volunteering, says Bergsten.

“We really look for people to be involved in their community through volunteer work, being on non-profit boards and really giving back because that’s a lot of what we do in the fire service is that we’re here to serve the community,” Bergsten said. “We want to make sure that someone who’s going to become a future leader is integrated in giving back to the community that they serve and protect.”

Bergsten was previously the Vice Chair and says he’s been preparing to lead the commission for the past three years.

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