Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Chief Jack McElfish again earned the professional designation of chief fire officer (CFO) July 8 from the Commission of Professional Credentialing.

Only 660 people worldwide can claim the title, and seven of them are in Sandy Springs.

“A chief fire officer is an individual who has demonstrated his skills and abilities required for the fire and EMS professions through structured education and proven leadership and management skills which display requisite industry knowledge,” City Manager John McDonough said. “I applaud Chief McElfish for continuing to stretch himself in this way.”

The program emphasizes desirable traits such as education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, achievements, association memberships and community involvement.

McElfish received his original CFO designation in 2000. To maintain the designation, he had to prove improvement in the areas of professional development and achievement, active association membership, and community involvement.

The board that reviewed and recommended his application drew members from fire and emergency services, academia, and municipal agencies.

McElfish has been a member of the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department since its inception in 2006.