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LEMIT Blackwood program first in the state
The City of Huntsville Fire Department’s Captain Greg Mathis recently graduated from the Fire Executive Management Training Program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), located on the campus of Sam Houston State University, the first class of its kind in the nation. Mathis was one of only 20 applicants to be selected from numerous submissions from across the state. HFD Fire Chief Tom Grisham was pleased with Mathis’ completion of the training.
“Fire safety instructors benefit from the program and my understanding is it went very well,” said Fire Chief Tom Grisham. “The attendees shared ideas and solutions to benefit all communities. I am very proud of Greg’s accomplishments with this program and so many others.”
Mathis is recognized statewide for his participation as a rescue specialist with the Texas Task Force 1’s Urban Search & Rescue Team. The team deals with disaster response training in areas such as structural collapse, swift water and high-water rescues, tornadoes, and other calamities. Mathis explained that the knowledge in these advanced courses are vitally important to the department and our community because they teach problem-solving and safe rescue skills and provide a network of people and departments across the state to share knowledge with, better protecting fire staff and local lives.
“It was a big honor to be selected,” Mathis said. “I now have contacts throughout the state who will assist me in ensuring our citizens are safer. Our department will have better training in advanced procedures and knowing what the risks are for these types of rescues and disaster responses.”
Kevin Lunsford, Director of Public Safety, which includes the Huntsville Fire Department, also had high praise for Mathis.
“We are very proud of Greg. This is a fabulous milestone for the City,” said Lunsford.
Mathis conveyed his appreciation for the support of the City of Huntsville, Chiefs Grisham and Lunsford, and the entire fire department.
“These types of trainings wouldn’t be possible without their backing,” Mathis said. “It allows us to better serve our community. I am so fortunate to have these opportunities and am privileged to participate in such programs. It is my responsibility to share this with our staff and improve our capabilities for success.”
The Fire Marshal Professional Development Program is a cooperative effort between LEMIT and the Texas Fire Marshals’ Association providing fire executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage fire marshals’ offices and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, which was conducted May 6-10, 2017, included curriculum from the National Fire Protection Association’s 1037, Standards on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications and Module II, held November 6-10, 2017, included NFPA 1730, Standards on Fire Prevention Inspection, Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education. The training totaled 80 hours of training. The final commencement for Class 1 was held on November 10, 2017.Mathis also had the privilege of meeting and hearing from State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.
Mathis began his career with HFD as a volunteer in 1990 and was hired full-time in 1996. He and his wife Suzie have five daughters and two grandsons. For more information, contact Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org.