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Jeff Hoyle and Alan Fisher

Fire Captains Graduate from Prestigious Program

Two Hickory Fire Captains have graduated from the prestigious Fire & Rescue Management Institute through the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte. Graduates Captain Alan Fisher and Captain Jeff Hoyle completed the four month course in February.

The Fire & Rescue Management Institute is a professional development certificate program designed for company officers, chief officers, and future leaders within the fire service. Fire & Rescue professionals in managerial and supervisory roles are expected to be team leaders and must possess the ability to guide their staff in the achievement of department, division, or unit goals.

Consisting of over 75 hours of leadership development training, the Institute provides instruction in leadership and team building, management skills, strategic planning, communication skills, and personnel management. The program is designed to prepare participants to become more effective in the increasingly challenging and complex world of Fire and Rescue leadership and management.

Specific program topics include Moral Imperative of Leadership; Generational Differences in the Workplace; Quiet Professionalism in a Rapidly Accelerating World, Coaching for Performance; Cultivating Resiliency; Radical Candor; Media Relations; DISC and Communication Strategies; Developing Your Personal Leadership Philosophy; Legal Bootcamp for Emergency Services Leaders; and Thinking Comprehensively.

Alan Fisher has been a member of the Hickory Fire Department since July 30, 2001, and has served as a Captain for 10 years. Fisher is certified in the following areas: Firefighter I and II, Fire and Rescue Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Operations level, Fire Inspector, Technical Rescue, and Fire Officer Levels 1 & 2. Fisher has an associate’s degree in Fire Service Technology.

Jeff Hoyle has been a member of the department since July 1, 2010, and has served as a Captain for 2 years. He is certified in EMT, Level II firefighter, Technical Rescuer, and as a Technician level in Hazardous Materials. He is Fire Inspector level I, & 2 Fire Officer. Hoyle completed training as a level I Fire & Life Safety Educator and a level I Fire Service Instructor. He recently graduated from CVCC with an associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology and is now working to complete a bachelor’s degree through Western Carolina University.