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Public Safety Veteran Named Top Training Officer For Statewide Academy

Last updated on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana State Fire Marshal has named Charles Heflin to lead Indiana’s Fire and Public Safety Academy Training System. He will oversee the curriculum and delivery of statewide training and certification resources for firefighters and other public safety officials across the state.

Heflin, 49, brings more than 30 years of public safety experience to the role, specifically in the area of training and ongoing education for first responders. He has served as a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical dispatcher and emergency management director. He also has served in several roles with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), including as a coordinator of Local Emergency Planning Committees and quality assurance and curriculum development manager for Indiana public safety training programs.

"Charlie's vast experience in public safety, in many different areas, provides him a well-rounded understanding of the entire spectrum of public safety disciplines. I look forward to working with him as we continue to build the Academy Training System," said Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal oversees the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety. The academy system provides fire and other public safety partners with access to training opportunities. Heflin said he is excited to lead the integration of consistent training programs that incorporates all disciplines of first responders: EMS, EMA, fire, telecommunications, hazardous materials and more.

Heflin holds an associate's degree in fire science, a bachelor's degree in homeland security and public safety and a master's degree in leadership with an emphasis on disaster preparedness and executive fire leadership. He belongs to many public safety advocacy groups, including the National Fire Protection Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Morgan County EMS Association.

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