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Chief Clark selected out of dozens of applicants.
Harold Clark selected into 2019 Fire Service Executive Development Institute!
Please join me in congratulating Battalion Chief Harold Clark in being selected by the International Association of Fire Chiefs to attend the Fire Service Executive Development Institute. This leadership development program will provide new and aspiring chiefs with the
tools they need to have successful and productive tenures.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Battalion Chief Harold Clark
of Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive
Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Clark competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2019 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program Chief Clark has been awarded a scholarship which covers the expenses for attending the program.
Chief Harold Clark Jr’s credentials helped him stand out above the other candidates.
Battalion Fire Chief Harold Clark, Jr., is an Arkansas native that started his fire service career with Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services in July of 2000.
Chief Clark started out as a firefighter and was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in the department, and has
had increasing rank and responsibilities with the department throughout his career.
Chief Clark is a 1992 graduate of Watson Chapel High School.
MBA degree in Public Administrations from Webster University, and a BA degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; AAS Degree in Fire Science from Southeast Arkansas College
Chief is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff, a 2015 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Citizen’s Academy, and a 2016 graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI).
Chief Clark has numerous certifications such as:
▪ Emergency Medical Technician
▪ Hazardous Materials Technician
▪ CPR Instructor
▪ EMT Instructor
▪ Certified Training Officer
▪ Certified Fire Instructor
▪ Certified Fire Investigator
▪ Certified Specialized Law Enforcement Officer
▪ Homeland Security Liaison Officer
Chief Clark was PBF&ES’s second Public Information Officer and liaison to the Fire Chief. He currently serves as an adjunct Instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy, and is a member of the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Fraternal Order of Firefighters, Arkansas State Firefighters
Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Mu Delta, NAACP, Toastmasters International, Black Chief Officer’s Committee, and the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters.
Also, Chief Clark is a board member of the Jefferson County Drug
Court, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Club.
This is the seventh year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. “The Motorola Solutions Foundation recognizes the critical role of
fire chiefs at the regional, state and national level,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We remain committed to supporting the education and development of emerging leaders in fire service to ensure they are successful in protecting the
communities they care about.”
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. The members of the cohort will meet in January 2019 for their first six-day session in addition to two other sessions scheduled six
months apart. The group will communicate between sessions using an online community.
Pine Bluff Fire Chief Shauwn Howell said “Chief Clark is a dedicated, loyal and invaluable
employee of PBF&ES. I am very proud and supportive of what he has accomplished and continues to achieve in his career. I sincerely admire his desire to obtain professional development opportunities that enhance himself, PBF&ES and the community he loves and has
served for nearly two decades. There is no doubt in my mind that one day he will be selected as a Fire Chief to lead a department of his own.”
“Congratulations to this year’s cohort of emerging fire and emergency service leaders,” said
Chief Dan Eggleston, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Program has become the premier career- and leadership-development
program in our profession thanks to the generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Many officers from the previous programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions
and are effectively leading their departments.”