November 22nd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 47
Local fire chief continues education
Fire Chief/Manager of Protective Services earns Master’s degree
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Jesse Fox, Fire Chief/Manager rotective Services, donned his cap and gown this month to receive his Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.
Pass Herald Reporter
Crowsnest Pass Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Service Jesse Fox has been awarded a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.

Donning his cap and robe at the beginning of November, his convocation at the Royal Theatre in downtown Victoria, B.C. marked the culmination of his 2.5 years of studies.

His studies taught him to think about community safety in broader and more preemptive terms and equipped him to better deal with different demographics within a community, whether it may be the special needs population, the elderly, people with mobility issues or immigrants who may not speak English.
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“The basis of the program is not so much how to deal with individual emergencies, but how to build programs, provide mitigation strategies, preparedness for your municipality and how to lessen your vulnerability to harm. It allows me to think on such a broader and deeper level,” says Fox. “What it means for me is hopefully the ability to better lead, not just in our community, but in more regional or provincial levels for planning.”

With the help of this new knowledge, Fox is in the process of revisiting the municipal emergency plan to make it a more complete, robust document.

“I’m very pleased for Jesse and I congratulate him on his efforts to get his Master’s degree. He is bringing another layer of education to our fire and protective services that will benefit our community. I’m very pleased to hear that he has his Master’s now and I look forward to the good things that his degree will bring to our community,” says Mayor of Crowsnest Pass Blair Painter.
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It has been a challenging few years for Fox, who worked hard to balance his studies with his career and family life.

“It was brutal, with what I have to do in this position and then when I went home at 7:00 or 8:00 at night, you still have all of that academic course load in front of you,” he says. “You get a lot of support from family because I’m hunkered down in front of a computer all the time and I had an intense amount of academic readings.”

Fox’s evenings and weekends were consumed with the program that now, he says it’s a bit “surreal” to be done and that he will be taking a break from post-secondary studies for now.
November 22nd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 47
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