Polk County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Keith A. Williams successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Fire Marshal. The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on Dec. 13, 2016, to officially confer the designation upon Chief Williams, who is only one of 116 persons worldwide that have received this designation.
The commission awards the Fire Marshal designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organizations stringent criteria. The process included an assessment of Williams’ education, experience, professional development, technical competencies and contributions to the profession and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future development plan.
The Fire Marshal 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, administers the Fire Marshal Designation Program. The commission consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and fire and emergency medical services professions. To learn about the commission, visit www.publicsafetyexcellence.org.
Chief Williams has been a member of the fire service for 40 years and has served Polk County Fire Rescue as the Fire Marshal since October 2014. He resides in Plant City with Denise, his wife of 32 years. They have one adult son, Ryan.