Andover Deputy Weightman Graduates From Management Program

Andover Deputy Fire Chief Keith Weightman and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. (Courtesy Photograph.)

Andover Deputy Fire Chief Keith Weightman graduated last week from the 23rd offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.

Weightman graduated from the 14-week course on Thursday, Feb. 2. The program helps fire officers improve their ability to lead and manage personnel and the department, provides skills to understand employees’ needs and problems, promotes personal productivity, increases the capacity to manage both human and technical resources and increases inter-agency cooperation. Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield congratulated Weightman.

“This course has given him invaluable skills that will be used for effective management and leadership in the Andover Fire Department.”

At the end of the course, Weightman was required to write a research paper that identified a current problem or challenge faced by his organization and propose a viable solution. He then presented his proposal to a panel of municipal officials for their consideration.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said, “These fire service leaders are committed to continually developing their management and leadership skills in order to provide the highest level of service to the communities they protect.”