John W. "J.J." Magyar II, a part-time/substitute faculty member in Pennsylvania College of Technology's paramedic technology program, recently completed the requirements to maintain his designation as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
In addition to his work at Penn College, Magyar serves the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Co. and Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services and is senior environmental, health and safety technician for Range Resources-Appalachia's North Marcellus Shale Division.
The Chief Fire Officer designation is voluntary and is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competencies.
Magyar received his original designation in 2007. To maintain the designation, individuals must show they have continued to develop as a Chief Fire Officer in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement.
A Board of Review, consisting of members of the fire and emergency services professions, academia, and municipal agencies, reviews each application and recommends successful candidates for designation to the Center for Public Safety Excellence's Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Magyar is one of only 865 Chief Fire Officers worldwide.
He also holds the designation of Chief Medical Officer.
To learn more about the paramedic technology program and other academic majors offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, call 327-4519 or visit www.pct.edu/schools/hs.