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March 3, 2016

Interim Fire Chief Tom DwigginsChandler Interim Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins selected for the 2016 Fire Service Executive Development Institute
Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Interim Fire Chief Thomas Dwiggins has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recently announced. Now in its fourth year, the Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership-development program created and implemented by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. 
Chief Dwiggins competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country to become one of the 20 members of the 2016 cohort program. The members of the cohort will meet in the Washington, D.C. area in May for their first six-day session, followed by two additional sessions six months apart. The group will receive mentoring and coaching between sessions and maintain communications through an active online community. Along with being accepted into the program, Chief Dwiggins has been awarded a scholarship to cover the airfare, housing and meal expenses for the onsite sessions.
Chief Dwiggins (pictured at right) first came to work for the City of Chandler in 1997 as a fire fighter Intern and began full-time employment as a fire fighter in 1998. Since that time, he has filled every sworn position within the department, being promoted to the Chief Officer ranks in 2009. In addition to his work in the fire service, Chief Dwiggins is a veteran of the Air Force, holds an Associate’s degree in Paramedicine, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration, and recently completed his Master’s degree in Leadership.
Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.
“Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes how these challenging times require a new breed of leader to head our local fire departments and national fire service,” said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We’re proud to help support the education of these leaders to ensure they have the skills necessary to meet these complex and emerging issues confronting our communities.”
“Thanks to the generosity of the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the success of the first three years of the program, the IAFC is proud to make the Fire Service Executive Development Institute available to another group of emerging leaders,” said Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, IAFC president and chair of the board.
  • About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, and public safety legislation. Since 1973, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
  • About Motorola Solutions Foundation 
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit