A Farewell Message
As I reflect on my tenure as former BCOC Chair, it has been a privilege to represent this organization for the last 7 years. Your support has felt more like that of a family than colleagues. The success of this organization is due not to one person, but everyone involved. It's due to all of the members of The Black Chief Officers Committee who make a difference in the lives of many. It's due to our devoted sponsors who trust in the value of our work. And, it’s due to our tireless executive board members who volunteer their time, talent, and treasure to promote our cause.
To all - I offer my gratitude.
A Message From Our Chair
I am both humbled and excited to begin my service as the Chair of the BCOC.
During my time as Chair, I will honor the past while working hand in hand with each of you to move boldly into the future. The strong shoulders upon which we stand have laid the foundation from which we will continue to prepare our members for tomorrow and whatever the next challenge may be. To this end, our annual Educational Symposium and Conference is an integral piece. Once again, this year brought the best and brightest from across the profession together to share expertise, information, and experiences. We were blessed to have partnerships that continue to provide CEU’s and NFA certificates for approved courses. It was a beautiful time together that will serve to fuel our journey to a bigger and better 2023. Next year, the BCOC will be heading back to the Sea. Make your plans to join us in Ft. Lauderdale the week of July 9th.
But, there are challenges ahead as firefighter demographics show. A 2019 NFPA U.S. Fire Department study indicates that 8.5% of career firefighters were African American. To leave the BCOC and the profession better than we found it, we must work to reclaim ground that has been lost over the last half century. Together we can, and together we shall.
You can continue to help by:
• Completing your attendee surveys
• Being an advertisement for the BCOC
• Joining the BCOC
• Using your talents to advance the BCOC
• Staying engaged
Over the coming months I ask that you stay tuned for learning and networking opportunities. If there is anyway that I or any member of the board can be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out.
God bless' and “Keep on lifting as you climb.”
Joe Dixon, BCOC Chair
Greetings friends and colleagues!
BCOC Learning and Networking at the
2022 Educational Symposium and Annual Meeting